Date: 20th October 2010 at 8:46pm
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Our hottest potato of a story for years continues to generate miles, rather than inches of column inches.

After Sir Alex Ferguson spilled the beans about his version of events as to why Wayne Rooney wants out at Old Trafford, it hasn`t taken long for Rooney to come forward and issue a public statement.

In it Wayne does his best not to discredit United but you can`t help but feel he`s sided with those who feel the Glazers have eroded United`s potential with regards to our spending power when he issued a statement that condones our inability to compete for the best players in Europe.

Rooney starts by describing his meeting with David Gill, commenting in his statement,

‘I met with [United chief executive] David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.”

‘I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.’

So did Rooney really think we`d be able to splash major cash and who exaclty were we expected to sign?

Continuing, Rooney explained about his reactions to Sir Alex`s emtionalspeech yesterday,

‘I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.”

‘It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.”

And in response to the request from Sir Alex to respect United`s history, Rooney continues,

‘I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done, given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?

So why the desire to move?

Apparently it`s not about a huge salary but about winning trophies with Rooney emphasising,

‘For me it’s all about winning trophies — as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that, I think the questions I was asking were justified.’

And those you`ve picked up since joining United from a Everton side that continues to win naff all are not enough?

Continuing the statemetn goes on, quite rightly, to praise Sir Alex, with Rooney commenting,

‘Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18.”

‘For Manchester United’s sake, I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one off and a genius.’

But not enough of a genius to convince you to stay!

Like they say, I doubt whether we`ll see Rooney in a United shirt again!

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