Wayne Rooney has put in a transfer request to leave Manchester United

Image: Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson eye to eye as Manchester United are crowned champions.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has put in a transfer request to leave Manchester United.

Neville feels Rooney's family, and agent Paul Stretford, have a crucial role to play over the next few weeks. "This is a good kid," said Neville. "He needs to surround himself with his family and his players. The ones who have been here for a long time will bring him round. "He is not someone who will make rash decisions but he needs people around him to give him good advice. He has an agent and friends. They need to be giving him the right advice. "This is the only club he should be playing at." The comments came at the end of an emotional afternoon at Old Trafford with Ferguson urging Manchester United's fans to stand by David Moyes next season. "I would like to remind you this club stood by me in bad times, the players and the staff," he said. "Your job now is to stand by the new manager." Ferguson paid personal tribute to Paul Scholes, who started today's game and will also retire in the summer, and Darren Fletcher, who continues his recovery from a chronic bowel condition. And he insisted he would still be a regular presence at Old Trafford. "I will be able to go along and watch them rather than suffer with them," he said. "Those last minute goals, the comebacks and even the defeats are part of this great football club. It has been an unbelievable experience." Robin van Persie could not hide his delight to be involved in the occasion and added: "It is amazing. Only in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it would be like this. "It is just a dream come true. We have got some fantastic players so hopefully we will win even more." Asked about Ferguson's decision to retire, Van Persie added: "It was a really sad day. Everyone understands it and is very thankful to him. "From my point of view, I think it is a massive honour to have worked with him for one year. "Even though it was only one year and I haven't worked with him a lot, it has been an unbelievable year and he's made such an impact. "He's a great manager and an even greater person. The way he is and the way he works with players, he deserves all the credit because he has been amazing."

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