Sports: Wayne Rooney says he and a group of senior players ran the Manchester United dressing room during his time at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney has revealed a band of senior players “controlled the Manchester United dressing room” during his 13-year stay at the club.

The all-time leading Red Devils goalscorer won 16 trophies with the club including five Premier League titles and a Champions League.

Rooney had a highly decorated career at United

But it appears one thing that was key to United’s success was a group of five players (Ryan Giggs, Rooney, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand) that policed any potentially egocentric new signing that could upset the team-ethic.

However, Rooney, who now plays for MLS side DC United, claimed it was always clear that no player – regardless of their price tag or status – would be allowed to believe they were bigger than Manchester united.

“That would never be allowed to happen,” he revealed in an interview with the Men In Blazers TV show to be broadcast on NBCSN on Monday afternoon.

A group of five United players made sure there were no individuals who would wreck the team-ethic

“The likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand myself – players who had Man U in them and wanted the best for that club – would never allow anyone to mess that up.

“We controlled the dressing room ourselves. Alex Ferguson didn’t really need to control that. The players had the trust of the manager to do that themselves.”

Since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson departed United in May 2013, the club has endured a slump and the team currently managed by Jose Mourinho has been criticised for its negative style of play.

Rooney suggested the United side’s he played in were not too different to the one managed by Mourinho

But Rooney suggested Mourinho’s and Ferguson’s styles are not too different.

“People talk about our team – especially in relation to Manchester United now – and say it was attack, attack, attack. But we actually weren’t,” he said.

“A lot of games we played on the counter attack, drew teams into us and then broke with pace. We did it to Arsenal .

“It wasn’t all ‘let’s just go out and attack’ it was a bit more calculated against certain opponents which brought the best out of myself.

“We had the team built to hit teams on the break and we were devastating at it.”


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