Rio Ferdinand reveals his own gripes with Wayne Rooney as he hits back at Man Utd legend for calling him ‘arrogant’

RIO FERDINAND has hit back at Wayne Rooney after being called “arrogant” by his former Manchester United team-mate.

The duo played together at Old Trafford for ten years between 2004 and 2014 – enjoying incredible success along the way.

Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney enjoyed incredible success togetherCredit: PA

As revealed by SunSport, Rooney was in brilliant form at a speaking event this week, joking about his relationship with Ferdinand at United.

Wazza, 36, said: “Rio is a top player, but he is just arrogant.

“You get paid a lot of money at Man United to kick the ball into the net, so just do it.

“I said: ‘Do your job, and give me the ball, give Ronaldo the ball. Stop standing there messing about.’ Rio is a top lad but he sometimes did forget he was a defender.”

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Using his YouTube show Vibe with Five, Ferdinand offered up a response to Rooney’s comments.

The 43-year-old said: “It was at a signing, some of us do these things where you go and talk to an audience. They’re quite funny, you have a few beers and you get loose lips a little bit when you’re in there.

“Your guard’s down when you don’t see the big cameras and microphones.

“He said a few things about a few former players, he said about me being arrogant and how we argued and he told tell me ‘do your job’ etc.

“He’s referring to when on the pitch we would argue, either in front of everyone at Old Trafford or in the training ground – me and him always argued.”

Probed for an example, he added: “I’d be thinking ‘just shoot man’. Don’t be doing all these fancy passes, let Scholesy and them do that.

“I want you to be up there, cutting edge and bang – be decisive. Wazza could score two goals in a game but not be involved in the game and he would come off with the hump.

Bruv I just want goals – I don’t care what else you do

Rio Ferdinand

“Because he’s a street footballer, he wants to be involved in the 90 minutes playing all the time and I used to say ‘Bruv I just want goals – I don’t care what else you do’.

“If the ball came up and he weren’t holding it up I’d be screaming ‘Wazza hurry up’.

“He would go, expletive, ‘you do your own job’ and we’d be back and forth constant but we drove each other.”

Ferdinand and Rooney played together for ten years

Ferdinand and Rooney played together for ten yearsCredit: Getty


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