Rooney changed his mind a day later, however, after talks with Ferguson, club chief executive David Gill, and Rooney's representatives. He signed a deal keeping at Manchester United until at least June 2015.
"Everyone is saying I was definitely going to join Manchester City," Rooney said Friday. "Believe me, if I'd have gone, it wouldn't have been to another club in England."
Wednesday night, Rooney celebrated his first start in two months by scoring the only goal of the game against Glasgow Rangers in the European Champions League.
Rooney said it was "such a great feeling, after a hard couple of months," but that criticism of his performances has been "a bit overboard."