Wayne Rooney was unable to handle his alcohol while playing for legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell has revealed.
The former Red Devils boss also felt he could not stop England’s all-time top goalscorer from having affairs, according to Campbell.
Campbell’s claims regarding the pair during Rooney’s 13-year Old Trafford career appear in new diaries, reported by The Sun.
Wayne Rooney (pictured left in 2008 at a concert in Liverpool) was unable to handle his alcohol while playing under Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United, according to Alastair Campbell
It is also claimed that Ferguson felt he could not stop ex-striker Rooney from having affairs
Rooney has been married to Coleen (right) for 13 years and they have four children together
The ex-Labour publicist has shed light on a conversation he had with Ferguson back in 2010.
‘We chatted about Rooney. He sounded a bit down about him,’ he revealed.
‘The papers had been full of Rooney and prostitutes. I said, “What are you going to do about him?”
‘Ferguson responded: “What can I do? He is also the last guy who should take a drink”.’
In 2009 it was disclosed that former escort Helen Wood had a threesome with the then-Manchester United player and her friend, and former escort, Jenny Thompson.
Helen has previously said that the glare of the media spotlight was unwelcome and uninvited and came only after Jenny went to the tabloids to name her.
Speaking to the Sunday People, Wood told Coleen she was sorry and that ‘she didn’t deserve anything’. The TV personality said: ‘I used to have a really pig-headed attitude towards the situation. I used to say “If she wants to stick with him that’s her own fault”.
‘Now I’m a bit older, I’m like, she’s just a mum who wants to be with her family, leave the girl alone. We all know a woman who puts up with a cheat. It’s unfortunate that hers is used as entertainment.’
Campbell has also claimed that Ferguson feared his star striker was annoying his team-mates.
Campbell has also claimed that Ferguson feared his star striker was annoying his team-mates
‘According to Alex, Rooney was p***ing off the other players by trying to take control,’ Campbell claimed.
Sportsmail has approached Rooney’s representatives for comment.
In 2019 the former England captain’s marriage was said to be ‘hanging by a thread’ after he was spotted drinking with barmaid Vicki Rosiek until 2.30am.
Before his move from Everton to the United States to play for DC United was agreed, the former England captain apologised for his ‘unforgivable lack of judgement’ as he was banned from driving for two years and given 100 hours’ community service after a drinking heavily with a party girl.
In 2009 it was revealed that former escort Helen Wood (pictured) had a threesome with the then-Manchester United player and her friend, and former escort, Jenny Thompson
In 2017, Rooney apologised for his ‘unforgivable lack of judgement’ as he was banned from driving for two years and given 100 hours’ community service (pictured in 2006)
He was stopped by police while driving 29-year-old Laura Simpson home from a night out in her Volkswagen Beetle in Wilmslow, Cheshire, at 2am on September 1. Rooney was stopped because Miss Simpson’s car had a faulty brake light.
Rooney was almost three times the legal limit. His breath reading was 104mg per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 35mg.
Coleen was then pregnant with the couple’s fourth child – and was seen without her wedding ring. For a period it appeared they were living separately but Mrs Rooney took him back after his apology.
Rooney pictured with wife Coleen and sons left to right: Kai, Cass, Klay, and Kit
In 2004 after Wayne, then aged 18, moved to Manchester United, national newspapers reported that the teenager paid £140 for sex with prostitute Charlotte Glover, then 21.
It was also claimed in 2004 that at a brothel in Liverpool he slept with Gina McCarrick, then 37, and grandmother Patricia Tierney, then 48, who wore a rubber catsuit and was known as the ‘Auld Slapper’.
The latter later denied these claims, but Wayne did admit to sleeping with unnamed prostitutes at the brothel.
Rooney and Ferguson won five Premier League titles together as well as four League Cups, one FA Cup and the Champions League. After a stellar Old Trafford career Rooney returned to boyhood club Everton for a season in 2017 before heading Stateside.
Last year the 35-year-old return to England to join Derby and he officially retired from playing in January to become Derby manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The former England international is set to discuss both his professional and personal life in a candid documentary, according to The Sun.