Wayne Rooney denies handing in transfer request at Manchester United in 2013

first_img Press Association Wayne Rooney insists he did not submit a transfer request shortly before Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013. But, in the BBC documentary Wayne Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals, England’s record goalscorer denies formally asking to leave. “I went in to see him and just said, ‘If you are not going to play me, it might be better for me to move on’,” Rooney reveals. “Then, all of a sudden, it was all over the press that I had put a transfer request in, which I never did. “I don’t know what happened and why that came out that way.” While Rooney admits he did not always see eye to eye with Ferguson, he hails the Scot as “the best manager of all time” and says he was the reason behind his move from Everton to Manchester United in 2004. The 29-year-old opens up about the 2006 World Cup in the film, conceding that he was not fit enough after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his right foot six weeks before the tournament. “Before the World Cup in Germany I broke my foot at Chelsea,” Rooney says. “You could feel the excitement building around the World Cup and it was touch and go as to whether I would be fit. And then Sven (-Goran Eriksson) put me in the squad. Rooney had already previously asked to leave Manchester United – in October 2010 before agreeing a new deal – when Ferguson claimed the striker had made it clear he wanted a transfer a second time. He was left out of Ferguson’s final game in charge at Old Trafford and an exit looked likely with Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich reportedly waiting in the wings. “Looking back, if I could have gone back in time, then I probably would have sat out the World Cup. It was a big ask to get fit after six weeks out; I was never going to have that match sharpness.” Rooney was sent off during the quarter-final against Portugal after stamping on Ricardo Carvalho in an incident which featured then-Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who pleaded with the referee to show Rooney a red card, insists the pair continued to be friends in the aftermath and even hints at a reunion in the future. “We won every trophy together,” the Real Madrid forward says in the film. “He’s a fantastic boy and he helped me a lot. “It was amazing to play with him. But the future, nobody knows, maybe we will play one day together again.” Also in the documentary, Rooney concedes he was “stupid” for shouting down a TV camera after England were booed off following a goalless draw against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup, while revealing he wooed Coleen with poetry in the early days of their relationship. last_img read more

Mike Tyson in ‘One Night’: Anthony Joshua ‘never got hit like that before’ in loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

first_img“(Joshua) knows he’s in trouble,” Tyson continued. “He knows he’s in a lot of trouble.”The “One Night” documentary, which was produced with Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions, provides an in-depth look back on how Ruiz became the first fighter of Mexican descent to become a heavyweight champion. In addition to Tyson and Douglas, it also features interviews with Stallone, Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard and others.The rematch between Ruiz and Joshua is only a couple of weeks away, taking place Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia on DAZN. Heading into the third round, everything was going according to plan for Anthony Joshua when he faced Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.He controlled a fairly uneventful first two rounds, and it appeared to be a matter of time before he dispatched Ruiz and moved closer to an undisputed heavyweight title clash with Deontay Wilder. Early in the third, it looked like Joshua had the fight in hand when he sent Ruiz to the canvas with a left hook. “He got hit with the big one,” former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson said on DAZN’s “One Night” documentary, which details the historic evening that saw Ruiz pull off the monumental upset. “I didn’t think he would get up.”Not only did Ruiz get up, but he also came back with a vengeance. Joshua blasted Ruiz with a right hand, but Ruiz ate the punch and fought back with shots of his own. Ruiz threw a left hook that hit the side of Joshua’s head — which changed the complexion of the fight and perhaps Joshua’s career.”His equilibrium. That’s your equilibrium,” Tyson said, pointing to the side of his head (at about the 18:45 mark of the documentary). “He’s OK. His body is f—ed up. He never got hit like that before.”Watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 plus more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZN​Joshua got up, but didn’t look right whatsoever. With time ticking away in the round, it appeared Joshua would survive without taking more significant damage. But with about 15 seconds remaining, Ruiz stalked Joshua to the corner and uncorked a barrage of heavy shots.”Once you get him hurt, you throw everything,” Tyson said. “The whole f—ing load.”When he got back up to his feet, referee Michael Griffin asked Joshua to walk toward him after the knockdown. Joshua, with a glazed stare in his eyes, didn’t move. Griffin, though, didn’t wave the fight off, and Joshua survived the round. “(Griffin) could have stopped it,” said James “Buster” Douglas, the former undisputed heavyweight champion and the man who gave Tyson the first loss of his career. “He gave him the champion benefit of the doubt, which is normal.””Trying to save him,” Tyson said. “Trying to give him time.last_img read more