Updated: 08/09/2012 20:26 | By pa.press.net

Rooney 'matured' after outburst

Wayne Rooney has said he hopes to remain at Old Trafford for as long as possible

Wayne Rooney has said he hopes to remain at Old Trafford for as long as possible

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney feels he has matured since the infamous moment when he swore at a pitchside TV camera.

The 26-year-old was hit with a two-game ban for reacting furiously when a lens was pointed at him during a match at West Ham in April 2011. That match also showed the best of Rooney as he scored a hat-trick but, having always had a reputation for hot-headedness, he has done his best to tone down any excesses since.

Rooney told talkSPORT: "I honestly don't think I would put myself in that situation again because it has cost me playing games. I don't really want to miss games. I feel I have matured as a player and a person. You never say never, of course, because football is an emotional game, but I'd like to hope it won't."

He added: "That was the biggest moment where I realised that was wrong and stupid and I need to change. I have tried to do that and feel I have."

Rooney, who joined United from Everton in 2004, has now spent 10 years playing in the top flight.

As he looks ahead to the next decade, he hopes to remain at Old Trafford for as long as possible. Rooney made a transfer request two years ago but now considers that a big mistake and has also brushed off further speculation over his future in recent weeks.

He said: "Hopefully still here at Man Utd. That's the aim, the plan and what I want to do. As long as this club wants me, I'll be here and trying to be successful."

Of the latest rumours concerning his career at United, he added: "I saw that but I didn't think anything of it.

"If the manager didn't want me around, I'm sure I'd be the first one he'd tell. That stuff you have to deal with, but if I'm wanted at this football club, I'll be at this football club as long as possible."

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, funny how he's changed his allegiance now RVP has come in ??

he's the highest paid premier league player because he had a moan a few seasons back, now he sees his place threatened by RVP so this is the crying call for sympathy, which after his previous and the way RVP has started looks like he's highly unlikely to get .............. from anyone, except prob the local brothel !!  haahahhahaahaaaaa
08/09/2012 11:27
Get back to full fitness and lets see the form you had when you won the Champions League with United! .... Your still my favourite player ever! ...... Rooney you wanted star players at United, you got your wish now get this form back!!!!!!
Rooney was a good player a when he was younger, as he gets older he is rubbish. He is rubbish for England too, very over rated. Oh and lastly my god is he one ugly ****. Him and his ghoul of a wife are made for each other.
why do all the so called football supporters morons think its funny to to make sick comments about a players family.any player any team.just stick to having a go at the player.i doubt if any of the lads leaving these comments couldnt even pull the only gay in the village if he or she was the last person on earth.prob all have 2 inch **** as well. dont forget rooney has already seen many so called stars come and go in his time at man u. he is  still a man u player. dont get carried away with rvp yet.

08/09/2012 12:27
He was a much better player seven or eight years ago than he is now.
He has proved that the saying "he's young,so he can only get better" isn't
always true.


Rooney is a very good player, when he gets fit and plays just behind van persie BOOOOOOM what a partnership.


Rooney to liverpool lol, more chance of accrington stanley signing messi. 

08/09/2012 11:43
Yeah, same old same old!!..Matured into what? - An absolute failure on the world stage now embarrassed by a real 'world class' player come in at club level, who does his talking on the pitch.!! Not like this ugly, over rated, over paid whinging cretin!! ....England do much better without him.!!
08/09/2012 10:54

RIP Gooney! You've been usurped by RVP, a far better player than you ever were or ever will be you potato-headed Mick thug. Now shut up and go away!!

are all these ads for prostitutes  on here his
08/09/2012 13:22
matured?? is he talking how he likes his hookers?
08/09/2012 12:23
08/09/2012 09:42

or  maybe if you try to get more money this time, united have twice the player in rvp, so i think he would be on his way.......to liverpool, watch this space

08/09/2012 14:01

he's just realised that he's still thought of as an arrogant , simple , tw4t by most people


good try wayne but you're fooling nobody

08/09/2012 13:27
must be a slow developer  still a long way to go
08/09/2012 16:00
Wow! His hair is beginning to look like erm........ pubes?
 (my prrrrrecious.... I got them from my  ring!)
Arundel, they are not doubters, unless you include the **** Zulu, they are haters of anything to do with Manchester United. GLORY GLORY
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