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Is Rooney finished at United?

Mar 7, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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After being dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United’s biggest match of the season, England international and former Red Devil talisman, Wayne Rooney has no choices left at Old Trafford in my book. He must leave the Theater of Dreams and the sooner the better.

To be left on the bench as the most important trophy in club football slipped through United’s fingers must’ve been agony for the darling of the Stretford End. What does it say about his standing within the club and more importantly his manager. Ferguson has indulged Rooney many times over the years since his move from Everton and it appears from the outside looking in that their relationship is broken.

Rooney is a head strong, volatile player that wants to grace the big occasions and it doesn’t get any bigger than Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League. Pundits may say that United’s plan was working superbly up until Nani was sensationally and controversially sent off but in my book, leaving your most explosive player on the bench was a mistake. It said to Jose Mourinho ‘we don’t believe that our best player is good enough to handle whatever you throw at him’.

We now have to ask where will Rooney go once he collects yet another Premier League winners medal come May. With a host of possible suitors, one team stands out, Paris Saint-Germain

If Rooney moves to France and teams up with a certain United legend, David Beckham, I believe that his all round game will improve because it has stagnated in the last few seasons in England. Rooney needs to surround himself with players that are out of this world if he wants to continue developing as a global superstar. In Paris he’ll have all that and more and he’ll also have a manager in Carlo Ancelotti who’ll believe in him come crunch time.

Should Rooney head to Paris?

  1. dfstell - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I don’t get where this is all coming from. I mean….I haven’t heard Rooney complaining at all this season. And, I can’t imagine why SAF would want to get rid of him. He’s still scoring a goal every other game, which is pretty good for a guy playing as an attacking midfielder. He hits great corners, runs his ass off, works on defense, will play almost any position on the field…..

    Why would you sell that guy for $20MM? Who are they buying for that money who will be better? At his age, he has a few years left before he starts to decline.

    Most of his problems this season have been injury and illness related. He had that weird leg gash, a knee knock and then a few sinus infections that have conspired to keep him from getting a nice, consistent run.

    • nickwebster - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM


      Does Villanova or Mourinho leave Messi or Ronaldo on the bench for their biggest match?

      We all know the answer…

      • dfstell - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Of course they don’t get left on the bench…..Barcelona has no depth and Ronaldo is just superhumanly healthy.

        Rooney played the full 90 a few days before in a League game and that was coming back off an illness that kept him out of a game and a lot of training. He’s just not fully fit. If United had no options, it would make sense to run him out there at 70%, but when you have Welbeck available and rested you just play Welbeck and bring Rooney on for a change of pace at the end of the game. Welbeck was great against Real Madrid in the first game because he has pace to get behind RM’s backline (which neither RVP or Rooney do).

        It was just a tactical decision. I guess they could have play a 70% Rooney instead of Cleverly, but I think United wanted to stay compact and organized in defense and Rooney chases too much sometimes.

      • wonka44 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Because when I rank the best footballers in the world Rooney comes in right after Messi and Ronaldo.

        If United can rest Rooney, their supposed best player (we’ll ignore van Persie being the better player right now), and outplay Madrid 11v11 with Fergie’s decision to have Welbeck hound Xabi working perfectly, maybe Rooney isn’t quite as good as you may thing he is? He’s not irreplaceable, and moving clubs won’t change that.

        And if Rooney goes to PSG, as you suggest, would it be okay for him to be bench in big matches there because he would no longer be the best player on the team? Is that the metric we’re using here for okay to be bench and not okay to be bench?

        We’ll leave the part where you make the grand assumption that Ancelotti will be in charge of PSG next year alone.

  2. nygiantstones - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Get out of England and go somewhere else. (says the Arsenal fan)

  3. arjanroghanchi - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    If Rooney does become available, I think there are 4 or 5 teams that would step in front of PSG to sign him. Despite what the English press is already reporting, I am quite sure that City, Arsenal, Chelsea and perhaps even Tottenham make a bid. If Everton somehow manage to qualify for the Champions League, imagine how tempting it would be for Rooney to return there.

    Pep would love a player like that at Bayern.


  4. wfjackson3 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I really did not expect to find this kind of article on PST. Fox Soccer and the ilk like it tend to blow everything out of proportion every two seconds. But PST?

  5. wonka44 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Holy hiring a Brit for the sake of hiring a Brit, Batman!

  6. dogsbollox - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Interesting observation, Webster. Sir Alex’s dissatisfaction with Rooney’s indicates a pattern – he dropped Beckham for the UCL clash vs. Real Madrid in 2003 and Ruud van Nistelrooy in the Lg. Cup final 7 years ago. Both were later shipped off.

    Apparently the basis Fergie is not happy with Rooney’s fitness–a little too “well rounded”. After all, the cuddly & fiery Liverpudlian, admittedly, likes a pint with his pie.
    I believe he will stay at United.

    Roo is in the 3rd year of a 5 year contract, which pays him $375,000.00 a week, over $19,000,000.00 annually. Given the new Financial Fair Play regulations and possible punishments, very few clubs will want to take a 28 year old, who struggles with fitness & injury problems, on astronomical wages while putting the club at risk for violating FFP.

    Rooney is not even close to the caliber of Messi & Ronaldo, and, in fact, is not even good enough to be called Manchester United’s best striker any longer.

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