Plenty of people have suggested in the last couple of days that the writing’s on the wall for Wayne Rooney, they couldn’t be more wrong.
Wayne Rooney was left on the bench for Manchester United against Real Madrid, it’s a single decision in the career of Sir Alex Ferguson which has prompted ridiculous reports that the club is going to sell him this summer. There are plenty of reasons he’s not going anywhere.
Firstly, Rooney’s valuation is something that only a handful of teams around the world could afford and not many of them seem to be looking for a striker of his type. One of those clubs is Manchester City, who he’s already indicated he would never sign for.
Why would he want to move away? He’s at a club where he is guaranteed regular football and a decent chance of winning every piece of silverware that United are involved in each season. He remains one of the best paid and highest profile players at the club.
He’s still arguably the best player in the United attack. Robin Van Persie may have scored more goals but Rooney is arguably a more complete striker and he’s certainly a more valuable player to the club than either Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez at this moment in time.
The stories of the past couple of days have been a complete overreaction. Ferguson has dropped dozens of players during his career at Old Trafford. He also made it clear that benching Rooney against Real Madrid was a fitness issue, as he’s not had too much football since suffering with a recent sinus problem.
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If Rooney has wanted to leave United then he would have done it when he had the chance, the last time he was talking over a new deal. It seems confusing why he would move on at a later point when he doesn’t have as much to offer over the next five years to a potential new club.
United fans, do you believe he’ll be off?
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