United right to play hard ball with disillusioned Rooney

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney‘s refusal to commit to Manchester United has caused a dressing room split according to widespread reports. The 27-year-old has remained silent all year in regards to whether he wants to stay or leave Old Trafford and is yet to play a minute of football under David Moyes thanks to hamstring and shoulder injuries.

Chelsea have had two bids for Rooney rejected and are likely to keep coming back with increased offers to try and force Rooney to officially hand in a transfer request but even without one, it is blindingly obvious what Rooney wants to do. If his desire was to stay at United, he would immediately quash speculation much like Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio did when rumours emerged linking him with a move away from the Old Lady. Instead, he has let his agent Paul Stretford leak information to the press to feed the machine.

Rooney wants out. Whether it is because he is disillusioned with life at United, wants more money, is upset at his role at the club or simply doesn’t want to play under his old manager Moyes still remains unknown but one thing is for sure – fans are fast becoming more angry and confused than Rooney is.

He backed himself into a corner in 2010 when he played the club for a fool with his first transfer request but came out smelling of roses because of what he had done at United. His legacy granted him a reprieve from fans who placed their differences to the side for the greater good of the team but in 2013, he has no invincibility. He is no longer on an untouchable pedestal. He is dispensable.

Rooney has always worn his heart on his sleeve which is what makes his silence even more frustrating for fans who know they will have to wait to hear what Stretford will tell the press.

It’s a really strange position for a player fourth on a club’s all time goalscorer list to have polarised fans so much. As much as I would love to see Rooney stay and return to his old self, I don’t think that will ever happen even if he signs a new contract. As far as I am concerned, his career at Old Trafford peaked a few years ago and I doubt he would be able to find the hunger to better it unless he moved away.

But United are right to play hard ball with Chelsea. Their offers of £30m are laughable. Rooney is a 27-year-old, Premier League proven full international with world class calibre and if Fernando Torres was worth £50m, then Rooney is worth more than that.

With the start of the season only nine days away, Rooney’s future still dominates the headlines instead of the team getting ready for Swansea. Will he stay or will he go? I don’t even think Rooney knows but United have bigger things to worry about this year than whether or not Rooney will remain at Old Trafford.

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