Rooney’s Man Utd U-turn after angering teammates – and Kane could follow suit

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have admitted they were annoyed at Wayne Rooney for wanting to leave Manchester United in 2010 – but are Harry Kane’s Tottenham team-mates at angry at him?

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It’s no secret Harry Kane wanted to leave Tottenham for Manchester City during the summer, deciding to stay in North London just days before the transfer deadline.

And it’s not the first time an England international has made a U-turn. In October 2010, Wayne Rooney signed a new contract at Manchester United only days after handing in a transfer request.

After receiving the player’s demand, legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the press: “We are as bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave.

“I was dumbfounded. Only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world.”

Rooney was 24 at the time – younger than Kane is today – and had recently been named PFA Player’s Player of the Year. He was the best player in the country.

Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United in October 2010

United, however, were the best team. Although Chelsea were the reigning Premier League champions under Carlo Ancelotti, Ferguson’s side were in the middle of a golden era.

The Red Devils had recently won three consecutive Premier League titles and appeared in back-to-back Champions League finals, winning the first in 2008.

They would go on to win the Premier League again in 2010-11 and 2012-13, as well as appearing in another European final in 2011. Only Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona enjoyed more success at the time.

Rumours claimed Rooney was being lined up with a move to either title rivals Chelsea or Sheikh Mansour’s Man City, with Carlos Tevez completing a similar transfer 15 months earlier.

United did manage to hold on to their star player in the end and he remained at the club for nearly another seven years.

Rooney told the press: “I’ve spoken to the manager and the owners and they’ve convinced me this is where I belong.”

Ferguson, seemingly annoyed by the whole saga, added: “I think Wayne now understands what a great club Manchester United is.”

But Ferguson’s work wasn’t finished there. After persuading Rooney to stay, the United manager then had to ask the squad to forgive their team-mate for wanting to ditch them.

Harry Kane was not allowed to leave Tottenham during the summer

Rooney’s ex-United colleague Paul Scholes recently told The Overlap podcast: “I don’t remember the statement but I definitely remember it coming out – it wasn’t nice.”

Gary Neville, another of Rooney’s former team-mates, added: “We weren’t happy. It wasn’t the fact that he wanted to leave, it was the public statement.”

Rooney managed to re-build trust with his United allies – but perhaps Kane doesn’t need to do the same. Speaking in August, Ben Davies insisted the team’s relationship with Kane is fine.

The Tottenham defender said: “Look, he’s one of the world’s best strikers and we definitely want him as part of our team… Yeah [we’ve kept in touch], as mates more than anything else.”

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After all, it’s easy to understand why Kane wanted to join City: Champions League football and the opportunity to win the first major honour of his career. Rooney, meanwhile, already had all the success he could dream of at United.

The England skipper’s recent transfer story has drawn comparisons with Rooney’s but, apart from both players being at the peak of their powers, they are very different.

The likes of Neville and Scholes had every reason to be angry, frustrated and annoyed at Rooney. Kane’s team-mates do not.

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