Wayne Rooney says a band of senior players “controlled the Manchester United dressing room” during his trophy-laden spell at the club.
The Red Devils all-time leading scorer, who won the Premier League five times at Old Trafford along with the Champions League and Europa League, said he was part of a group that policed potentially egocentric new signings in case they upset the vital team-ethic.
Sir Alex Ferguson assembled a star-studded squad during his all-conquering era last decade, including players such as Cristiano Ronaldo , Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Nani.
But Rooney said it was always clear that no player – regardless of their price-tag or status – would be allowed to believe they were bigger than the team.
“That would never be allowed to happen,” he revealed in an interview with the Men In Blazers TV show to be broadcast on NBCSN on Monday afternoon.
“The likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand myself – players who had Man U in them and wanted the best for that club – would never allow anyone to mess that up.