RIO FERDINAND laughed at Wayne Rooney’s ‘arrogant’ taunt – but admitted the couple were ‘always fighting’.
And the ex-defender joked Wazza’s comments came as he “had a few beers and got loose lips”.
As revealed by The Sun, the former England captain would slam his Manchester United team-mate for not doing his job properly.
And it didn’t take long for Ferdinand to respond in a good-natured exchange of words in order to put things right with his version of events.
He said: “It (Rooney’s comments) was at an autograph session, some of us do those things where you go and talk to an audience.
“They’re pretty fun, you have a few beers and get a little loose-lipped when you’re in there.
“You’re on guard if you don’t see the big cameras and microphones.
“He said a few things about a couple of former players, he said I was arrogant and how we argued and he said tell me do your job”, etc.
“He’s referring to when we were arguing on the pitch, either in front of everyone at Old Trafford or at the training ground – he and I were always arguing.”
Pressed for an example, Ferdinand added on his Vibe with FIVE podcast, “I would think ‘just shoot man’. Don’t do all those fancy passes, let Scholesy and her do that.
“I want you up there, up to speed and badass – be determined.
“Wazza could score two goals in a game but not be involved in the game and he would get away with the hump.
“Because he’s a street footballer, he wants to be involved in the 90 minutes of the game all the time and I’ve always said, ‘Bruv, I only want goals – I don’t care what else you do.’
“If the ball came up and he didn’t hold it up, I would yell, ‘Wazza, hurry up’.
“He said eloquently, ‘You do your own job,’ and we kept going back and forth, but we pushed each other on.”
Rooney spoke at an exclusive black tie dinner in Manchester on Saturday night.
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And he didn’t hold back on his honest thoughts about past team-mates at Old Trafford.
Of Ferdinand, with whom he played for the Red Devils for ten years, Rooney said: “Rio is a top player, but he’s just arrogant.
“You get paid a lot of money at Man United to put the ball in the net, so just do it.
“I said, ‘Do your job and pass the ball to me, pass the ball to Ronaldo. Stop standing around.’
“Rio is a top kid but he sometimes forgot he was a defender.”
Rooney also called Cristiano Ronaldo “so good and at the same time so bloody annoying” and revealed how he told Sir Alex Ferguson to “fuck off” when he tried to sign him as a 14-year-old. old.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4999545/rio-ferdinand-man-utd-wayne-rooney-always-argued-arrogant/ Rio Ferdinand reveals he and Man Utd icon Wayne Rooney have “always argued” and laugh at “arrogant” jibes after “a few beers”.