How much faith would Manchester United fans have if the above happened at the club?
David Moyes came out in his press conference at the weekend and was adamant that Wayne Rooney will not be sold. It later became clear from his refusal to elaborate on certain questions that it is whether the Englishman likes it or not.
Moyes is a big fan of Rooney, but knows the striker must knuckle down and has suggested he is. His decision to keep the player is a sporting decision and it is the right one for Manchester United.
And that is because their options to secure a top striker to replace the Englishman are whittling down.
If Rooney was to be sold, and Robin van Persie was to break down injured, then how comfortable would United fans feel.
Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck would no doubt lick their lips at the opportunity to get stuck in week in and week out, but how adeptly could they fill in over the course of the season is an unknown entity.
Earlier in the summer, the prospect of losing Rooney would not have fazed supporters as much as it would now, with the club linked with a trio of sensational forwards, Falcao, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.
One-by-one, these options have been removed from the table, with Falcao signing with Monaco, Lewandowski adamant he wants to wait to switch to Bayern in 2014, and Ronaldo categorically 'not for sale', as stated by Real Madrid.
This means any comfort blanket theorised by cashing in on Rooney, that the club could simply go and sign another star striker instead, no longer exists, with the star trio unavailable for transfer.
Very few top forwards remain on the market, and casting aside a ridiculous rumour put forward by The Mirror that United are interested in Edinson Cavani.
Which is why United from a sporting point of view want to keep Rooney. For if disaster struck and Van Persie did get injured, they have a striker in hand who has proven he can lead the line without the Dutchman, guaranteeing goals in the big games.
And those are hard to come by.
image: © nasmac