Van der Sar - Rooney is the victim, not the villain

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar claims Wayne Rooney is the victim and not the villain at Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney has made it clear he’s looking for a move away from Old Trafford and while the club will try and get him to stay, former United star Edwin van Der Sar has claim he could be tempted into a move outside English football.

The problem as the Dutch goalkeeper sees it is the pressure he’s placed under constantly in England at both club and international level, which must currently be lingering at the back of his mind.

“There has been so much pressure on him, you build him up and put all your money on him to make England world or European champions. So it's also quite easy to cut him down again,” Van der Sar told BBC Radio 5.

If that really is the case then Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire and the history which he and David Moyes have is irrelevant.

It means it’s not the manager which was the problem, more the fact that Rooney has become fatigued with English football and needs to move onto a fresher challenge.

That challenge will more than likely come in another European league because United would do whatever they possibly could to avoid selling to another of their English rivals, which could in turn make them weaker.

“With the change of manager and backroom staff it could be a big change for Manchester United but I don't think you'll find a better atmosphere at many other clubs,” he added.

That’s what should distress United fans the most because Rooney is already at arguably the best club in England, suggesting there is no purely football reason for him to move on.

It has to be a mental problem he currently has with the English game and the short break he will have before the July transfer window opens will be refreshing and important to all parties.

Rooney hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory with all Manchester United fans with his actions so far so there is also going to be that lingering worry about perception in the back of his mind.

However, most United fans will commonly agree that the team is better when he plays whether that’s patching up the midfield or whether he’s used in the hole behind Robin van Persie.

Moyes may want to use him as an out and out number nine so there isn’t so much reliance on van Persie next season but as with so many things in life, if he’s already made his mind up then United are not going to get him to stay.

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