Ferguson says Rooney asked for transfer

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Alex Ferguson left Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United's squad for the manager's final game at Old Trafford on Sunday and said the forward wasn't ready to play after handing in a transfer request.

"I don't think Wayne Rooney was keen to play, simply because he's asked for a transfer," Ferguson said after the match. "But we won't sell him."

Rooney was not even included on the substitutes' bench for the Premier League match against Swansea, a 2-1 win that served as a home farewell for Ferguson and midfielder Paul Scholes.

Instead, the English forward watched the game with his family from an executive box. Television cameras spotted a smiling Rooney unfurling a red flag with "Champions 2013" written on it.

Ferguson's confirmation that Rooney asked for a transfer will lead to even more speculation that the striker is set to leave the club this summer, even though both the club and the outgoing manager have insisted that Rooney is not for sale.

Ferguson will be replaced by Everton manager David Moyes, the man who sold Rooney to United in 2004. Moyes started a successful legal action against the striker over allegations in Rooney's autobiography that the Scot leaked details of a private conversation to the media about the factors behind Rooney's move from Everton.

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