Found July 18, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
PLAYERS: Wayne Rooney
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Back in 2010 Wayne Rooney stated that he was not going to sign a new contract at Manchester United after speaking to the then Chief Executive David Gill. Rooney stated that he was not getting the guarantees from Gill that the then playing squad would be improved to his satisfaction. Fast forward to last season Rooney was played out of position and dropped for the second leg clash of the last 16 tie against Real Madrid at Old Trafford, due in part to the impressive Robin Van Persie. Last week David Moyes’ stance on Rooney was that he wishes not to sell Rooney because if anything were to happen to Van Persie, he would desperately need him. Now the news coming from Wayne Rooney is that he is angry with David Moyes’ comments about his position at the club, and is not prepared to play second fiddle to Van Persie. If he wanted assurances that the playing squad would be improved, and when it is by the signing of Van Persie, who was the stand out player last season, should this not have pleased Rooney considering his feelings back in 2010? The fans forgave him in 2010 although the feelings between the fans and player have not remained the same, culminating in him being booed during the trophy presentation at the end of last season. And I for one believe that if you are not willing to pull that shirt over your head and sacrifice yourself for the club, and go out and be adorned by thousands of fans every week, then I think it is time for you to go. Rooney’s stats in terms of goals in the premier league since joining United are as follows; 11, 16, 14, 12, 12, 26, 11, 27, and 12. Rooney has only scored over 20 goals in a season twice which shows his inconsistent goal scoring form season to season, also those two seasons in which Rooney was United’s top scorer, United failed to win the league. Thus creating concerns in which Rooney may be forgiven into thinking that United needed to sign players that would lessen the goal scoring burden solely on him. Following Chelsea’s title success in 2009/10 United brought in Javier Hernandez who scored 13 goals in 2010/11 , while United’s top scorer in that season was Dimitar Berbatov with 20 goals, Rooney himself scored 11 goals, United went on to win that season without relying on Rooney. When Manchester City won the league in 2011/12 in dramatic circumstances, Rooney scored 27 goals that season which was much more than any other striker at the club. United responded by signing Robin Van Persie who ended United’s title winning season in 2012/13 with 26 goals, Rooney finished with 12. So are we to think that Rooney is guaranteed a starting spot in his favored position in the Manchester United first team, especially with the likes of Van Persie who for the last three seasons has been in the top 3 in the scoring charts in the premier league. I think Moyes could be forgiven for thinking Van Persie is his number 1 striker at the club, something which Rooney has not reacted well to. Something dawned on me recently; Rooney has not become the world beater footballer that most fans thought he would become after he made his debut for Manchester United scoring a brilliant hat trick in the champion’s league against Fenebache back in 2004. He has always been second best at United, playing firstly in Ronaldo’s shadow and now it seems in Van Persie’s. For a player who earns $380,000 per week he could look after himself better physically also. Since breaking the 20 goal barrier for the first time in 2009/10 Rooney has not looked physically fit and has sometimes looked off the pace in games. Rooney himself has admitted reporting back to preseason training overweight and not in shape, and it has shown in recent seasons, the player himself sent to Oregon back in November 2010 for a week of conditioning. What has been speaking volumes in the past week is the lack of comments from Rooney. Moyes’ stance is that Rooney is not for sale amid interest from several European clubs. If Rooney does not want to leave he could easily come out and state the fact and the matter would be over, but his silence is telling. If Rooney were to leave I would think that It would be abroad and not to a premier league rival, but if he were to leave I don’t think it would break many United hearts, as it did when Ronaldo left for Real Madrid. At the moment filling Van Persie’s shoes would be harder to fill, and the money received from a Rooney transfer could be put towards a signing such as Bale, or Ronaldo retuning to Old Trafford, which I think most fans would want.
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