Just imagine if team orders saw Robin Van Persie score and not Wayne Rooney

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As Sebastian Vettel enlists the help of his team to defeat his team-mate Mark Webber in Malaysia we imagine what would happen if a similar question was asked of the Manchester United team-mates.

Imagine it now. Manchester United are playing, for arguments sake Everton, I will use my team as to not incite any hatred from opposing fans, and have just completed a raking counter attack that leaves both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie through on goal.

RVP has the ball and is racing clear of the defenders when Sylvain Distin takes a tumble and now it really is over. It is two-on-one at Old Trafford and all Van Persie has to do to secure victory for Manchester United is square the ball to his strike partner Rooney to slot it home into an empty net.

At which point Robin shrugs his shoulders skips around Jan Mucha and tucks the ball away into an empty net; reeling away in celebration.

For all the apologetic back-slapping and bum-patting that might come later Rooney would certainly feel isolated, alienated and victimised if that was the case.

So imagine how Mark Webber feels.

The Red Bull driver had a pretty decent lead in the Malaysian Grand Prix before Sebastien Vettel decided to ignore team orders and making his Red Bull team-mate step aside to allow him through and on to victory.

As his race engineer Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Rocquelin put it so succinctly after the race:

"Good job Sebastian, looks like you wanted that bad enough. Still, there will be some explaining to do."

Indeed there will. Mark Webber looked the picture of bubbling frustration as he decided not to drive along the pit wall at the chequered flag, put his arm around his German team-mate on the podium or crack anything remotely looking like a smile.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were caught in a similar situation but it seemed far less of an issue. The two are close friends and shook hands at the end of the race and it seems Hamilton’s slow pace at the race end was an enforced team strategy.

But just imagine if similar team orders were put into place in Premier League football.

There would be hell to pay!

image: © Sauber F1 Team

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