Rio Ferdinand says he used to argue with Wayne Rooney 'every training session'

Rio Ferdinand has been reminiscing about his time at Manchester United with all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

Together the pair formed part of the spine of a decade of success at OId Trafford, culminating in the 2008 Champions League and multiple Premier League titles and domestic cups.

Speaking on Vibe With Five, Ferdinand says that while he and Rooney were always and still are great pals, their friendship had it’s fair share of heated arguments. Ferdinand says the pair were constantly at each other due to their competitive nature.

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Ferdinand explained: “I used to have him on a bit of string. We used to argue every training session. Me and him used to swear at each other and argue like you’d never know. 

“In games and in training all the time. That anger, whether same team or opposite team it didn’t matter, I’d be shouting at him about something, he’d be shouting at me about something, just growling.”

Ferdinand added that he regarded Rooney in his pomp as simply ‘unplayable’ and said that when the striker was heated up and angry it added an extra edge to his game.

United’s current team needs similar fire

Ferdinand and Rooney were so great in part due to their talent, and in part thanks to their winning mentalities, forged under the relentless guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

United’s current team needs a few more strong personalities of the same ilk, leaders who can galvanise each other and the entire dressing room.

Right now we would love to have just one of Rooney and Ferdinand in the team, let alone two. It makes you realise how good United had it under Sir Alex.

United’s first task is to find a manager who can lead the club back towards former glories, and then start adding players in who are big personalities as well as talents.

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