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Wayne Rooney achieved so much success with Manchester United before he left the club in 2017. The former Everton star became the Red Devils' all-time record scorer and won several trophies, including the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League.
He spent most of his time at the club under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, who most United fans dearly miss since he called it time on his managerial career in 2013.
However, the former England captain has now revealed five players who would have an important role in the dressing room.
What was their purpose?
He said that the players "controlled" the dressing room, which meant that Ferguson didn't have to waste his time getting involved in any problems.
"That would never be allowed to happen," he told Men In Blazers on NBCSN (via Sky Sports).
"The likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, myself -- players who had Man United in them and wanted the best for that club -- would never allow anyone to mess that up.
"We controlled the dressing room ourselves. Alex Ferguson didn't really need to control that. The players had the trust of the manager to do that themselves."
Rooney also believes that United boss José Mourinho isn't failing to deliver the attacking football synonymous with Ferguson's past squads.
"People talk about our team -- especially in relation to Manchester United now -- and say it was attack, attack, attack. But we actually weren't," he explained.
"A lot of games we played on the counter-attack, drew teams into us and then broke with pace. We did it to Arsenal.
"It wasn't all: 'let's just go out and attack.' It was a bit more calculated against certain opponents, which brought the best out of myself.
"We had the team built to hit teams on the break and we were devastating at it."
Rooney left Everton in the summer for DC United and has made an instant impact for the MLS side.
In fact, he showed how influential he has been for DC when he scored an outstanding 35-yard free-kick against Toronto FC this week.
Can Mourinho turn around United's season?
Let us know in the comments.
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