Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has handed in a transfer request.

The outgoing United manager saw his team beat Swansea City in his last match at Old Trafford, with Rooney excluded from the matchday squad.

Asked by Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves why Rooney was left out, Ferguson replied: "I don't think Wayne was keen to play simply because he's asked for a transfer.

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Ferguson gives Rooney a diplomatic pat during the trophy presentation

"I think he wanted to think that through in his mind and it's maybe a good idea. We aren't going to let him go.

"I think he's maybe a little bit frustrated after being taken off once or twice in the last few weeks."

Rooney has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Reportedly United's top earner on £300,000 a week, he has two years remaining on his contract.

Ferguson also said he decided at Christmas to retire at the end of the season after the death of his wife Cathy's sister.

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Cathy Ferguson persuaded her husband not to retire in 2002


"Things changed when Cathy's sister, Bridget, died and she's isolated a lot now and I think I owe her a lot of my own time.

"For 47 years she's been the leader of the family and looked after our three sons, sacrificed for me and now she's got all the grandchildren."

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Barclays Premier League trophy, after the game

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    Manchester United's Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa celebrates after receiving his Premier League championship winners' medal at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa holds his Premier League medal as he celebrates on the podium at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Paul Scholes, after the game

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Paul Scholes, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (centre) with husband Wayne Rooney and their son Kai, on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (centre) on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (centre) with husband Wayne Rooney and their son Kai, on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    Wayne Rooney on the pitch with his son Kai, as they celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, following the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (left) with husband Wayne Rooney and their son Kai, on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (centre) on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (right) with son Kai, on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Paul Scholes, after the game

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Robin van Persie, after the game

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Barclays Premier League trophy

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Barclays Premier League trophy

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    Paul Scholes on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (centre) with husband Wayne Rooney and their son Kai, on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    A heavily pregnant Coleen Rooney (centre) on the pitch to celebrate Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League, after the game

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    Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Brazilian defender Rafael Da Silva lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's French defender Patrice Evra (L) and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (C) lift the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson holds the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson kisses the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson holds the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson holds the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Anderson, Manchester United's Dutch defender Alexander Buttner, Manchester United's English midfielder Tom Cleverley, and Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney celebrate after the Premier League trophy presentation at the end of the Premier League champions at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CROPPED VERSION Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson holds the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson kisses the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    CROPPED VERSION Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson kisses the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Barclays Premier League trophy

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    Manchester United players spray champagne as they celebrate with the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Anderson lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson (2R) lifts the Premier League trophy with Manchester United's French defender Patrice Evra (L), Portuguese midfielder Nani (2L) and Mexican striker Javier Hernandez (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Robin van Persie of Manchester United lifts the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand lifts the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: The Manchester United players celebrate with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: The Manchester United players celebrate with the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United players spray champagne as they celebrate with the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)