Rooney claims Ferguson`s retirement end of `era`, not of Man Utd

ANI| Last Updated: Mar 16, 2014, 20:55 PM IST

London: Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has said that Sir Alex Ferguson`s retirement from the club was the end of an `era` but not the end of United.

Rooney said that Liverpool, who have not won the title since 1991, are a `great club` and it comes as a surprise that they have not won a title for so long, but anyone who thinks that United`s disappointing season so far is the start of a decline could not be `more wrong`.

According to the Mirror, Rooney said that he remembers United going even longer than Liverpool without a title but it would never happen again at the club as the sheer size of United and the fan base the club has got makes what happened to Liverpool `unthinkable` for them.

Rooney further added that it was always going to be a `massive challenge` for the club when David Moyes took over following Ferguson`s retirement as the former United boss had been at the club for a long time.

The United striker also said that Moyes succeeding Ferguson was never going to be a `smooth transition` because it is all about replacing the most successful manager in the game.

United has had a poor season under Moyes` stewardship and Rooney said that there is a lot of anger and hurt inside their dressing room as they all hate watching United so far from the top.

Rooney added that as a group of players they knew that they have not been `good enough` adding that they are the champions and there are players at the club who have won the title numerous times and the current position the club is in is a blow to their pride, but they all want to prove to all the `doubters` that it would not be long before United are champions again, the report added.