Attention and speculation is rife around Old Trafford, particularly during the height of the transfer window. This week’s contributed towards one of sheer excitement for the neutral and undoubtedly slight anxiety for those involved with the club.
Reports earlier in the week lent towards a smash and grab for Fabregas, but this soon subsided after the ex-Arsenal man claimed he’s happy at Barca. I envisaged the Spaniard as the perfect acquisition for Moyes, particularly as the void left Scholes has yet to be filled. However, it now seems attention is directed at those leaving – as opposed to arriving – as the ongoing transfer saga involving Rooney may have reached a tipping point.
Would Rooney’s departure from Manchester be as green as many suggest? Or should he bide his time, sit pretty for a while and repay a club that helped crafted him?
I hear endless criticisms and comments concerning Rooney and whilst I agree with some regarding his lack of hunger for the game of late, the turbulent season he’s endured is obviously leaving him unsettled. The arrival of Robin Van Persie has removed Man United’s reliance on the Liverpudlian, having earned top goal-scorer for the previous 2/3 seasons, before RVP last season. It seems competition within camp and the rotational system Fergie implemented last season, hindered both Rooney’s ego and desire.
It’s been claimed Rooney’s looking for another deal at United, and whilst he pulls in a colossal £250k a week, I seriously doubt he’s tapping away for yet another rise, especially as the club appear reluctant to even negotiate a new deal. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Moyes’ comments insisting he’s not for sale are a ploy to hike up his transfer fee.
Back in May I wrote 4 Priorities Moyes must address in Man United’s squad. This saga was highlighted as a potential stumbling block for Moyes, particularly as he would’ve relished a smooth start to his Man United career. But it now seems comments made by the Scot may reignite a once rocky relationship between the two ex-Evertonians. Although I don’t condone managers who jump through hoops to please their most valued players, I feel as though Moyes was wrong to openly downplay Rooney’s importance.
“Overall, my thoughts on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible.” He went on to explain how “Manchester United isn’t about Wayne”. Whilst I agree with the latter comment, publicly addressing him in such a way insinuates Rooney believes he’s bigger than the club, portraying him in a difficult position with the fans. His relationship with fans was tested back in 2010 when he handed in a transfer request and it’s certainly under scrutiny again, but I now seriously doubt whether the Old Trafford faithful would welcome Rooney home, should he decide to stay.
I’m a huge admirer of Rooney and can understand why the likes of Chelsea and PSG have come knocking, but silverware might be harder to come by at either clubs. Despite this, for a player who’s won everything at Man United, the inclusion of a fresh contract and set of new challenges might set itself up in Rooney’s favour. Selling to one of their nearest rivals, Chelsea, could well come back to haunt Man United though. And reports suggest Rooney isn’t keen on move abroad either, which essentially leaves us with two paths; does he stay or leave for Chelsea?
Should he leave for Chelsea, an inform Rooney will walk into the squad and take over as first choice centre forward, especially as Chelsea don’t have that position cemented. A lethal Rooney is amongst the World’s elite, and although we’ve seen glimpses over the past few seasons, it seems continual discussions surrounding his future, is the main reason for this dip.
My position on his future remains torn; as a friend and long admirer of Wayne, I believe he needs to sit down with Moyes and discuss his position within the squad. The transfer request submitted may have damaged current relations with the club and fans, but all will be forgotten should his football dominate the headlines again.
But as a neutral and fan of the Premier League, such high-profiled signings add to the intensity of an already captivating league. My only concern is whether Chelsea would damage Wayne’s career. With heavy financial backing and a vast squad, Chelsea wouldn’t show any morals in dumping Rooney, should he endure a slump in form.
What are your thoughts? Is it time for Rooney to leave? Or should he repay a club that invested huge amounts when he 17 years old? Let me know your thoughts below.