Man Utd legend Ferdinand hits back at Rooney over ‘arrogant’ claim

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand says he had his own gripes with Wayne Rooney after his former Man Utd team-mate labelled him “arrogant”.

Ferdinand and Rooney won five Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions League during their ten years together at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2014.

Speaking at an event this week Rooney – who has just been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame – said that Ferdinand was “arrogant” on the pitch at times during their spell together.

Rooney said jokingly: “Rio is a top player, but he is just arrogant.

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“You get paid a lot of money at Man Utd to kick the ball into the net, so just do it.

“I said: ‘Do your job, and give me the ball, give Ronaldo the ball. Stop standing there messing about.’ Rio is a top lad but he sometimes did forget he was a defender.”

And Ferdinand offered up a response to Rooney’s claims on his Vibe with Five Youtube channel, the former Man Utd centre-back said: “It was at a signing, some of us do these things where you go and talk to an audience. They’re quite funny, you have a few beers and you get loose lips a little bit when you’re in there.

“Your guard’s down when you don’t see the big cameras and microphones. He said a few things about a few former players, he said about me being arrogant and how we argued and he told tell me ‘do your job’ etc.

“He’s referring to when on the pitch we would argue, either in front of everyone at Old Trafford or in the training ground – me and him always argued.”

When pushed for an example, Ferdinand added: “I’d be thinking ‘just shoot man’. Don’t be doing all these fancy passes, let Scholesy and them do that.

“I want you to be up there, cutting edge and bang – be decisive. Wazza could score two goals in a game but not be involved in the game and he would come off with the hump.

“Because he’s a street footballer, he wants to be involved in the 90 minutes playing all the time and I used to say ‘Bruv I just want goals – I don’t care what else you do’.

“If the ball came up and he weren’t holding it up I’d be screaming ‘Wazza hurry up’.

“He would go, expletive, ‘you do your own job’ and we’d be back and forth constant but we drove each other.”


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