Manchester United's former manager describes how the striker asked to leave Old Trafford, but—as Wheeler writes—Moyes insists he has no concerns about any backlash from Rooney:
None. I think Wayne is completely focused on his football.
He has been since the first day of pre-season. He is in good form, looking after himself and playing well.
Moyes goes on to describe how United fans will cherish reading Ferguson's insight into his tenure at the club, and that he himself will read it in time.
With Tuesday's highly anticipated publication, many expected a detailed account into Rooney's summer unrest at United, but Ferguson's account was a little inconclusive in the end.
He said the striker "asked away" but never claimed an official transfer request arrived at his desk, which has been Rooney's stance all along, per Wheeler.
Wheeler reports that sources close to the striker claim he's "unconcerned" by the book's revelations, which will clearly delight Moyes.
Manchester United face Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday hoping to bounce back after a disappointing home draw against Southampton, and Moyes will need Rooney free from further distraction.
While the England international appears calm about lengthy remarks in the publication—that also criticise his poor natural fitness—further comments from his former manager may yet rile him.
Sir Alex Ferguson claims Wayne Rooney denied asking to leave Man Utd because financial bonuses could have been put at risk. #MUFC— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 23, 2013
As Matt Lawton, Ian Ladyman and Jack Gaughan write in the Daily Mail, Ferguson told Sky Sports that no transfer request came in due to potential loss of earnings:
This is the nub of it: in the regulations, in your contract, if you write a letter and ask away or say you have asked away, you lose all your signing-on fees.
He has never admitted that and never put in a written transfer request, which is what he has been sore at.
Will Rooney be at United this time next season?
After a distant summer of continual speculation, Rooney's fine form has helped soothe his fractured relationship with supporters.
Given how key he is to United's current plight, it's unlikely he'll receive hostility from the fans, but this additional slant won't help his status at Old Trafford.