Jun 22, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT
Don’t expect Wayne Rooney to be wearing anything other than a Manchester United shirt come August 17 when they begin the new season at Liberty Stadium.
With The Guardian reporting David Moyes is set to offer Wayne Rooney a new contract with the Red Devils, the incoming manager will hope he can convince the 27-year-old striker Old Trafford is where he belongs.
Despite rumors of unrest between Rooney and management at United, the player will have no desire to leave England or even leave Manchester given the recent birth of his second child.
It’s been a rocky last few years for the old Everton kid. A look at his goal and assist numbers and it’s easy to see why.
Sir Alex Ferguson could never quite decide how he wanted to use the England international. Depending on the players brought in and sent elsewhere, he would bang Rooney around between a poacher up top, a secondary striker, a creative attacker just behind the front line, and a winger out to the side.
In his first four years at Old Trafford, Rooney’s goals total hovered between 11 and 16, while his assists grew each year from 5 to 13. Then his goals tally spiked to 26 in the 2009/2010 season while he fell to just 5 assists. Then 11 and 11 the next year. Then 27 and 7. And last season 12 and 10.
Rooney doesn’t appreciate it, and it’s been reported he has twice asked for a transfer, with the most recent occasion just a few months ago.
Sir Alex said no, and then Sir Alex retired.
David Moyes, the man in charge when it all began for Rooney at Goodison Park, has taken the legend’s place in charge, and it’s been said that convincing Rooney to stay will be his top priority. The Guardian has said the new contract offered will be much more incentive-laden than the old £250,000-per-week ($386,000) deal he has two years left on.
Don’t expect the striker to leave. The interest reported by Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and others has been nothing more than quiet speculation, and it would be hard to imagine Rooney breaking mold and uprooting his young family for a fresh start.
Especially when he’ll most likely get a fresh start with Moyes.
But more than anything, wouldn’t it just feel wrong to see Rooney sporting any other kit?
Apr 24, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT
For Chelsea, the Liverpool match represents, well, a headache, apparently.
Apr 24, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT
So bad you have to see it. That’s the only was to describe Spain’s official World Cup anthem.
Apr 24, 2014, 8:08 AM EDT
Where, exactly, Moyes’ future lies next is a topic of some debate.
Apr 24, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT
Mariano Pavone’s first half goal in Toluca delivered La Maquina a record-breaking title.
Apr 23, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT
The Red Bulls’ slow start is quickly becoming a distant memory as New York posted a 4-0 win over visiting Houston.
Apr 23, 2014, 8:26 PM EDT
A future star makes a quick impact as Washington puts week one behind them.
Apr 23, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
Ronaldo pronounced fit; Benzema breaks through, and Casillas stones Götze.
Apr 23, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Incredible plans to expand Anfield revealed, as public will now have their say:
Apr 23, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT
Tedious Tiki-Taka, counter-attacking clinic and gilt-edge chances:
Apr 23, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT
Striker’s 19th minute score gives the nine-time champions a 1-0 lead ahead of next week’s second leg.
Apr 23, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
Find out who won the PL Player of the Week award, right here:
Apr 23, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT
The top two remain unchanged, but there’s a major shakeup in elsewhere near the top of our weekly rankings.
Apr 23, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT
Andrew Dykstra wants to brew you a beer, and several teams have specific offerings in mind.
Apr 23, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT
The big guns will be firing for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, and there’s plenty of ammunition on both benches if needed.
Apr 23, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT
Reports say David Moyes was “seething” at what he perceived to be an unprofessional dismissal from Manchester United.
Apr 23, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
Bad news for England, as Januzaj is headed for a brand new Belgium kit.
Apr 23, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
Some slots are firm, while there’s plenty to be settled in the next few weeks. Let’s take a look at whose guaranteed to make the group stage
Apr 23, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT
Speaking with Sports Illustrated’s SI Now, Donovan spent some time lauding David Moyes and lamenting his dismissal from Manchester United.
Apr 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
He’s simply one of the worst that’s ever played.
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