Rooney, who is now associated with Championship club Derby County as their captain and interim manager, felt he could have fit in Barcelona "perfectly" back in 2010 along with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, and Messi.
"He's got great pace and I think he'd be a great addition in anyone's squad but when we talk about someone coming in and making a real difference and adding a lot of quality to whatever they've already got, I'm not quite sure". The then 18-year-old signed for Manchester United in a £25m deal in 2004.
Ralph Hasenhuttl's men go into the game on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run and former Saints captain Hammond is positive that they can extend it to eight against Manchester United. Ideally, I would have liked to go to Barcelona, but it seemed much more likely that it was Real Madrid than Barça. "Although there were rumors, the other three options (Barça, Madrid and Chelsea) were much more real ". "But, once I knew United were interested, I wanted some confirmation that they did want to sign me".More news: Red Dead Online Will Be A Standalone Game
Wayne Rooney reveals how close he came to switching the alliance from Everton to Newcastle United in 2004..
"I wouldn't say it's a release", the winger responded when asked if worldwide duty game him a "release" from difficulties at club level.
"I remember sitting down for one day and thinking, "imagine playing in that Barcelona team - Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets".More news: Netflix Removes Chappelle's Show After Dave Chappelle Asks Them To Pull It
However, he claimed that United didn't want that option and thus went for him in the same year. "I couldn't wait another year, I couldn't stay another year at Everton, so I was prepared to go to Newcastle for that year".
"I was thinking I could have slotted in perfectly". I'd gone too far then.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will attempt to make it three wins in a row in the Premier League this weekend when they take on Southampton away from home on Sunday afternoon.More news: Second Day of G20 Leaders' Virtual Summit