There is a lot that will happen between the point Wayne Rooney leaves Manchester United and signs for Bayern Munich but it should be a pressing issue that deeply concerns officials at Old Trafford.
Rooney has been linked with several high profile moves this summer, but few have been more realistic, for a number of reasons, than the reports with the German giants.
Rooney is the perfect forward for Bayern because he personifies all of the recent reasons for the success of the German champions.
Arjen Robben said one of those reasons for success was the tremendous work rate and team spirit the side has, which has the ability to trump any sort of disadvantage in terms of quality and talented individuals.
Rooney has made his reputation out of being someone who will run his socks off for United, the sort of player who will work just as doggedly covering for someone in defence, as he will trying to net a goal at the other end.
That makes him appealing to Bayern Munich because he already fits in with the main ethos of what their current side is all about, which is something new boss Pep Guardiola is unlikely to change.
It’s the chance to work with Guardiola which is also likely to be a big factor in his final decision.
Rooney has played in a United team which was turned over in two Champions League finals against a side that has been described as one of the best ever to grace the game.
That has to have left an impression on the United forward who probably wants nothing more than the majority of other strikers at top clubs; a better chance to win the European Cup.
It’s also that chance to be part of something truly unique and special in the respect that the two big German sides; Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, are being tipped to dominate European football for the foreseeable future.
Something doesn’t seem right with the striker at United at the moment, whether it’s his role in the team or an issue he has with the current boss. It’s just impossible to judge until it happens.
It could all link in with the reports surrounding Sir Alex Ferguson’s possible retirement from professional management.
Fergie was the reason Rooney turned his back on a move away from United before signing his new last contract and if he’s not going to be at the club, then there’s nothing to stop Rooney from forcing a move away.
However, even if that’s the case that doesn’t mean United shouldn’t use any new boss or subsequent decision to try and tie him down on a long term contract because they would undoubtedly be a weaker side without him in it.
Do you see this happening or do you think it’s fabrication?
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