Manchester United Fan - Buying Van Persie Is Just A Kick Up The Backside For Wayne Rooney

Here's something sent in by a Manchester United fan on the subject of Wayne Rooney and whether he has a long-term future at the club.

Fans like knee-jerk reactions.

Chelsea have started to get the best out of Fernando Torres - really, after just three Premiership games ?! Clearly soon forgotten is the fact that he has spent most of his time firing blanks since his £50m move from Liverpool.

Now on the Rooney front, journalists are drawing spurious conclusions after his sub-par performance against Everton, and the fact that he was then benched for the Fulham game. Listen, it's clear that Rooney isn't fighting fit and appears to be behind the curve on the pitch, but he is still Manchester United's most potent goal scorer.

Sure, Sir Alex has allowed 'big' players to leave in the past when they appeared to have 'fallen out of love' with the club, but Rooney isn't in this category. He is a great talent, has a lot to offer, and will go on to forge a tremendous partnership with Van Persie (one that will win us back the Premier League title, possibly as early as this year).

OK, so Rooney isn't blameless in all this. He performed poorly in the Euros (but he wasn't alone in this), he was pictured drinking and smoking in a club, and does appear to have been unfit and off the pace so far this season. But Rooney has a long-term contract, and buying Van Persie is merely a kick up the backside for him; it's Sir Alex's way of saying: 'See, son. It's not all about you. Now get back to work!'.

With Rooney now out injured for the next few weeks, it will be down to others to step-up - Welbeck, Ashley Young and Hernandez to name a few. I also believe that Dimitar Berbatov's sale will be put on hold until January, to provide cover in the event of other injuries.

Competition for places upfront at Manchester United is healthly. Rooney needs to regain his mojo, and be shaken out of his complacency. Selling him is not the answer, and not an option. He will come back fired up, ready to prove the doubters wrong'.

image: © tomjoad

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