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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney claims former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to play him in midfield last season was the defining reason behind his unhappiness at the club during the summer, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror among others.
The England international was the subject of interest from Chelsea after he demanded an apology from the club after Ferguson claimed he had made a transfer request, as Steve Bates of the Sunday People reported in June.
However, since settling those differences and being played in a more orthodox striking role under David Moyes this season, Rooney has rediscovered his form.
I know that last year wasn’t my best season.
But there were times when I was playing in different positions. I felt I didn’t really get that run of consistent games up front.
Sometimes when you’re not playing that position all the time, it’s difficult to adapt. Sometimes it happens.
I didn’t feel I got a consistent run of games up front. I actually felt when I played midfield I did okay, but I didn’t want to play there.
I’ve had no problem in the past playing out of position, but I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening.
Meanwhile, United midfielder Adnan Januzaj will not decide on which country he will represent until he becomes a first-team regular at Old Trafford, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
United defender Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move to Juventus in January, according to Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).