The 27-year-old Red Devils striker handed in a transfer request the very same week Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.
Undoubtedly one of the Scot’s best ever signings, Rooney has previous in terms of holding the club to ransom over his contract – his current deal expires in 2015, meaning he enters its final year in a year’s time.
However, when he put pen to paper on that deal back in October 2010, he was posturing over the terms of what resulted in a wage-structure smashing £250,000 a week five-year deal to keep him at the club.
The club and the manager were thoroughly embarrassed as the Englishman claimed wanted to leave and envisioned his future elsewhere – funnily enough as soon as the club offered him more money, he changes his mind about the club’s ambitions.
This time around, as I’ve discussed previously, Rooney may not hold quite the strong hand he did three years ago. His form and fitness, never mind his attitude, have been concerns this term and, since the arrival of Robin van Persie, he’s no longer the star of the show at Old Trafford.
He now, according to reports this week, want to get new manager David Moyes’ backing and support – he wants protection from potential ‘hostility’ from United fans.
However, if Wayne Rooney decided (all on his own or along with his agent and representatives) that he wanted to take the gloss off the boss’ retirement (along with veteran Paul Scholes’), make his future at the club tenuous, effectively drive his own value down from the club’s point of view and, possibly, all just to force United into a) offering him more money again or b) selling him against their wishes, then he has only himself to blame if he receives a hostile reception from fans of the club.
Those fans effectively pay his wages, they buy his shirt, they sing his name – for him to show such disrespect to the club they love, the manager they adore and the players they champion; he disrespects them and if they want to let him know exactly how they feel about that, they should be entitled to that at least.
David Moyes should not protect him nor should he pander to big baby’s demands – Wayne Rooney made his own bed; let him lie in it.
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