By Ben Davies
As we are all aware, reports in the media suggest Wayne Rooney maybe on the verge of leaving Manchester United. If I’m being honest, I believe there is an element of truth in the story. It would seem several journalists have been alerted to the story and fed the same line.
So what has happened to the man that wanted to remain at United for the remainder of his career?
The immediate thought is of Rooney’s alleged off field shenanigans – leading to the breakdown of relationship between manager and player. We can only speculate if this is true – looking in from the outside it would appear there has been some sort of fallout – highlighted with Rooney publicly contradicting his manager. Why the contradiction, I don’t know. Through this difficult time for the Rooney family, Sir Alex has tried to protect his player, claiming he is suffering with an ankle injury and has not criticised him, despite his poor form. For Rooney to state he has trained everyday shows a lack of respect in my opinion. There will only one be winner if communication between the pair has deteriorated to a point where they are not on speaking terms. Doesn’t this sound out of context to the Wayne Rooney we all love and know?
If stories are true, why is Rooney against signing a new contract? Is his hankering for a better contract? Does he believe the club is on the slide? Is Coleen in his ear? Has his head been turned by the silly money Manchester City are apparently prepared to offer? If so, can you blame him – if offered twice the money elsewhere the proposal is at least worth considering – we would. I’m trying to look objectively rather than a Man United fan. How would you feel if he moved across to the blue half of Manchester?
What about the other side of the coin – is there the thought Sir Alex and Manchester United want rid? This is not necessarily my view, but perhaps a point worth discussing. Is Rooney past his peak – have we seen the best of him? Similar to Michael Owen, Rooney started playing football at a very young age – the former Liverpool striker has had a catalogue of injuries, which has blighted the latter stages of his career. Could the same apply to Rooney – is his career expectancy less than a Ryan Giggs? Does Sir Alex feel the injuries Wayne has suffered have taken their toll therefore we won’t see Rooney of old? Jaap Stam is similar scenario; the Dutchman was sold when he had lost a yard of pace, though Fergie later admitted this was a mistake. Has Sir Alex become fed up with the media attention Rooney receives, in a situation comparable to David Beckham? I don’t think this is the case to be honest.
Can we cope without Rooney? Of course we can, but obviously we’d rather him in our team – we all know his ability and what he brings to the table, he has been the heartbeat of our team. However, if he goes, he goes… Manchester United are bigger than any one person, including Sir Alex. We have lost important/great players in the past – Ronaldo, Beckham and Cantona to name a few. Sir Alex has built several squads/teams and maintained our position amongst the elite. However, the task is likely to be more difficult this time around with Giggs, Scholes, Neville and Van der Sar all potentially retiring next summer. Will Sir Alex be allowed the money to reinforce the squad or/and does he have the time?
Even if Sir Alex denies this story during his press conference (prior the Bursaspor), the saga has some way yet to run. Speculation will only stop once Rooney signs a new contract… Will Rooney leave? I honestly don’t know, hopefully not, hopefully he resigns.
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