Date: 27th April 2006 at 5:14pm
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Wayne Rooney has admitted he was frightened of Sir Alex before he joined the Old Trafford outfit.

Rooney: ‘Sir Alex Ferguson was very important in my decision to join United.

‘He has worked with a lot of young players and always got the best out of them and I wanted him to do the same with me.

‘In that sense, he is everything I expected him to be.

‘I used to watch him on TV and think he looked like a very fierce man. That is exactly what he is. He is passionate about his football and loves to win.

‘On Saturday, we want to lay down a marker for next season. Over the last four or five months we have played really well and I am sure we can continue that.

‘We need to start better than we did this year and then, hopefully, it will be a lot closer.’