England footballer Wayne Rooney is being sued by ex-manager David Moyes over comments made in the striker's autobiography "My Story So Far".
David Moyes claims that his reputation has been harmed
In a writ issued at the High Court, Everton boss Moyes claimed the book had "injured his professional and personal reputation" and caused him distress.
Moyes is objecting to an account of how Rooney came to leave Everton.
Libel proceedings have also been issued against the book's author Hunter Davies and publishers Harper Collins.
If the writ is not settled the case will go before the High Court.
Moyes has asked for an injunction preventing the offending passage of the book from being published again.
A spokesman for Rooney refused to comment on the proceedings and Moyes's solicitor was unavailable.
The player became the then youngest Premiership goalscorer with a last-minute strike to secure a 2-1 win against Arsenal in October 2002, five days before his 17th birthday.
Rooney went on to score 17 goals in 77 appearances for the Toffees before securing his move to United in August 2004.