May 8, 2013, 6:35 PM EST
With Sir Alex Ferguson ready to call it a career, the Wayne Rooney saga will inevitably take a different turn than if the Scotsman were to stay on at Old Trafford.
It’s been a very up and down time for Rooney at Manchester United, coming over from Everton at just 18 years old with massive expectations due to both his price and his nationality.
That pressure has never alleviated, and continues to poke and prod Rooney as he meanders his career for both club and country. News outlets constantly put out articles debating whether Rooney has been a valuable asset or an underperforming waste on the pitch, and even former managers have made comments urging him to improve his form.
United legend Sir Bobby Charlton said of Rooney this year, “I don’t know everything that happens at Manchester United but I know a little. Wayne Rooney maybe has had an injury and has not performed as well as he might have done, but that doesn’t mean to say that you get rid of him.” Hardly a statement of support for a striker who’s scored nearly 200 goals for the club.
However, now that his longtime manager is set to retire, what will Rooney do next? Many rumors are flying about his possible exit from Old Trafford. Articles have suggested he could jump on the Bayern Munich bandwagon, or the overhaul at Stamford Bridge imminent this summer could swoop Rooney up.
Remember, people like to talk at a crossroads such as this.
It seems all too likely that his new boss at United will be his old one – David Moyes – who gave the striker his very first Premier League chance at Goodison Park back in 2002. Will that have an impact on whether Rooney decides to stay?
Just tonight, chief soccer writer for The Guardian Daniel Taylor tweeted that Rooney has asked to leave but the request was turned down. A few minutes later David McDonnell, a correspondent for The Mirror in Manchester, tweeted that United has indeed confirmed the rumor.
This season for Manchester United, Rooney’s made 27 appearances, 22 of those starts. In Barclays Premier League matches which Rooney has scored or assisted a goal this year, United have 12 wins to 1 loss (92% win). In league matches where Rooney did not start, United won 10, drew 1, and lost 3 (71% win).
What will befall the mercurial striker this summer? Through all the ups and downs, the Champions League and the Premier League, Wayne Rooney has been a talking point at Old Trafford for various reasons. Will they talk about his departure or his loyalty after the dust settles on Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement?
Jan 31, 2015, 7:27 PM EST
The actual games took a backseat to shenanigans as two of four semifinals places were booked on Saturday.
Jan 31, 2015, 5:55 PM EST
All of Saturday’s action from Spain and Italy.
Jan 31, 2015, 4:57 PM EST
Arsenal and Southampton hope to keep their assaults on the Top Four in order, while Aston Villa and Swansea City hope to snap skids.
Jan 31, 2015, 4:19 PM EST
And to think, we’ve still a pair of Sunday matches on the slate. Let’s go through what’s done and dusted.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:40 PM EST
There were eight games in the PL on a busy Saturday. Here’s how it all went down with recaps, analysis and much more.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:20 PM EST
Manchester City’s boss thought his charges were very good, but is disappointed to snare a solitary point against Chelsea.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:12 PM EST
Lampard was the last player on the pitch, saluting both groups of supporters.
Jan 31, 2015, 3:06 PM EST
What did we learn from the tense draw at Stamford Bridge? Here’s three things.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:47 PM EST
Giving Chelsea and City’s players a mark out of 10.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:21 PM EST
All the goal scoring came within the 41st and 45th minutes at Stamford Bridge, as City failed to cut into Chelsea’s first-place advantage.
Jan 31, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
Want to see Benzema’s brilliant bender? Of course you do.
Jan 31, 2015, 1:40 PM EST
Blind believes United are getting close to what LVG expects.
Jan 31, 2015, 1:21 PM EST
It started off slow and tentative, but the big match between Chelsea and Manchester City is opening up
Jan 31, 2015, 1:04 PM EST
Moyesy is learning Spanish from a Manchester United fan…
Jan 31, 2015, 12:50 PM EST
For the Toffees, defense is the way forward for the rest of the season.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:33 PM EST
“It’s always difficult to be honest when you’ve had a long break,” Defoe said. “But I’ve had a mini-pre-season and I’m getting sharper and sharper.”
Jan 31, 2015, 12:16 PM EST
Sunderland now has four points breathing room from the drop zone, and three points space from Burnley.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:10 PM EST
Walters grabs first career hat trick as R’s still searching for first road point.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:09 PM EST
Losses from QPR, Hull and Leicester keep West Brom three points shy of the drop zone.
Jan 31, 2015, 12:04 PM EST
Toffees put in resolute display to climb clear of danger.
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