Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has claimed he signed for the club because of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former United striker claimed his desire to be part of something special at Old Trafford also made move to the club.
Wayne Rooney said on the UTD podcast: “It might sound a bit big-headed but I knew I could come to Man United and be part of something special.
“I knew I was good enough to play in this team and I could bring something different to the team. I wanted to work with Sir Alex Ferguson and play with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, these players, so I knew where I wanted to go.
“I knew quite a few of the players. I knew Rio, Gary Neville, Scholesy, Phil Neville was here for a little bit, so I knew them from England. I think the main thing for me, I signed for the club because I wanted to play for Alex Ferguson.”
He added: “When I signed I had a broken foot so I couldn’t go straight into training with the players. But once I got training with the players, the main thing was impressing Giggsy and Roy Keane. I wanted to impress those two, not so much the manager.
“I know it sounds a bit strange but it was almost like I wanted to win them over. I wanted them to believe in me and feel I was good enough. That was my main thing I wanted to do.
“Obviously in my first game [hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Fenerbahce], I think I did that. I settled in really quickly.”
The striker had a largely successful career at the Theatre of Dreams and is currently the club’s leading all-time goalscorer.