Originally written on Finishers Forum  |  Last updated 5/9/13
It’s true. Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of this season. In a move that has apparently been in the works for quite some time, it’s an event the club had to inform Wall Street about because the implications are so profound, rippling well beyond the boundaries of those immediately involved. I, for one, cannot remember a time when Sir Alex was not at the United Helm, but I’m sure his reign will live just as fondly in the memories of older United fans too. With the great one leaving, there’s of course the massive question of who will (or who can) replace him. There have been several suggestions made about who will be the man for the job. Those names include Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Jupp Heynckes and David Moyes. All but one of them however, have a mark against their name. Mourinho is likely out of a job in Madrid this summer, but is slated to return to Chelsea. Klopp has just reached his first Champions League final with Dortmund and I would hazard a guess is not going anywhere soon. Heynckes is in a similar situation with Bayern, except he has chosen to step down after this season, making way for former United coaching target, Pep Guardiola. This means Ferguson’s likely successor will be David Moyes (and in fact is according to most recent reports), a man who’s proven himself at Everton and was once considered for the assistant coaching position under Sir Alex.  What I am curious to see is how the appointment of Moyes will impact the team. With the manager gone and Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes seeing out their final years, United will be in need of a leader. Rooney could very well be that man. It’s been said that he indicated his interest to leave the club even before Ferguson announced he was going to retire, and also suggested he wasn’t really happy sitting on the bench against Real Madrid in the Champion’s League quarter final, but where else would he go? PSG, the club that looked likely to make a move, has distanced themselves from the story. They are also in relative turmoil following Leonardo’s attack on a referee. I dare say they wouldn’t have space for him in the squad anyway, with Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Lucas already paid and present. In contrast, with the changing of the guard at United, Wayne Rooney is probably needed more than ever. Both as a leader and as a creative attacking force. The stage is set for him to step up, in every capacity. I hope he can continue to serve up balls for United like he did for Van Persie on the Dutchman’s goal of the season contender, but Moyes will set the course. Perhaps the man who coached him as a boy will provide the perfect reason to stay.
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