Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/7/13
(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) Another chapter in Manchester United history may be nearing its end, as a possible transfer request from Wayne Rooney could see him ditching the United colors for good. Certainly one farewell seemed to suffice for fans this year, but a second could send United followers into cardiac arrest. Rooney in the years has developed into the emblem of United. The trademark baby face striker fans once deemed irreplaceable. But preceding years of unrest between the player and the club may see the striker leaving Old Trafford very soon. Trouble has been brewing for years now at the United camp. Three years ago Rooney hinted at an exit from the club. Fans well aware of the existing growing pains may not be surprised to hear that the same predicament has resurfaced. And that Rooney wants out. With Chelsea at the top of the list of clubs seeking his services, it may seem rational for Rooney to indulge in the possibility of working with blues manager Jose Mourinho. Should he stay or should he go? A rash move to Chelsea could see him collide with a wave of pressure. Criticism will arise if he doesn’t live up to expectations. Fernando Torres experienced ridicule when he parted ways with Liverpool and signed for Chelsea. Torres drastically dropped in form, lacked in confidence and has not been the same player since. Rooney who has invested far more with United could experience an even greater down fall should he part ways with United and join Chelsea. Success with Chelsea is not out of the question. Rooney of all players is capable of it. But to join Chelsea would be to go against the odds. Eyes of scrutiny will be on Wazza from United fans, Chelsea fans, the media, and even Mourinho. Mourinho of all managers wouldn’t hesitate to bench Rooney should problems arise just ask Iker Casillas. Rooney should brace the storm at United. A team he has created an impressionable career with. With a loyal fan base behind him at United he might have a chance to flourish his talents in preparation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Staying loyal to United may serve as the best tonic. Keep in mind that the World Cup is just around the corner. And the trouble of settling in to a new club takes time. A change in clubs right now may do Rooney more harm than good. From the outside looking in the decisions seems simple. But, if Rooney is truly unhappy at United a better option would be to find a club outside of England. Germany, Spain, France are all viable options for Rooney. Sure, he might have to brush up on his Spanish or French, but a new environment outside of England may do Rooney good. If he leaves United I truly believe the atmosphere in England may be a bit too chaotic for even Wazza to handle.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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