Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney recalls the moment Sir Alex Ferguson caught him in the pub in the early days of Old Trafford

WAYNE ROONEY recalls the moment Sir Alex Ferguson caught him in the pub in his early days at Old Trafford.

The former striker joined Manchester United from Everton in 2004 for £25million.

Rooney spent the best period of his career at Old Trafford and has been central to success at home and in Europe

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Rooney spent the best period of his career at Old Trafford and has been central to success at home and in EuropePhoto credit: Getty
Ferguson was known for running a stern ship at Old Trafford

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Ferguson was known for running a stern ship at Old TraffordPhoto credit: Getty

He later became a record goalscorer for the Red Devils – but occasionally clashed with his manager and had problems off the field.

Rooney recalled one of his first awkward moments with Ferguson in his book Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League.

The star, who currently runs DC United, recalled an incident where Ferguson caught him in a pub shortly after his transfer.

He said: “The manager seemed like a really good guy but the next day I experienced his legendary influence first hand.

“It was a lovely afternoon so I went to Crocky (Croxteth in Liverpool) to see the family. On the way I saw Mum and Dad in the local pub car park and stopped to say hello. We decided to go in for a drink, a diet pop for me.

“I was only there 10 or 15 minutes before going home, but a day later the manager called me into his office. My first summons.

“[Ferguson said] ‘Wayne, what were you doing at the pub in Croxteth yesterday?’”

Nearly a decade after his retirement, Ferguson remains a legendary figure in football and is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.

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The Scot won 13 Premier League titles at Manchester United and has twice landed in the Champions League.

But he had a tendency to clash with stars.

Ferguson had explosive altercations with David Beckham and Roy Keane and also clashed with Jaap Stam before the defender left the club.

Rooney also faced the wrath of Ferguson in 2010 when he openly claimed he wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Rooney has scored 253 goals in 559 games for Manchester United

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Rooney has scored 253 goals in 559 games for Manchester UnitedPhoto credit: AFP

The legendary manager, now 80, also said in 2013 that Rooney had submitted a transfer request.

The forward would remain at United until 2017, a few years after Ferguson retired.

He then returned to youth club Everton before working at DC United and Derby County, two clubs he would later manage.

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