Wayne Rooney could learn a thing or two after the way Cristiano Ronaldo dealt with the fallout from the 2006 World Cup.
Former Manchester United favourite Bryan Robson says Wayne Rooney can learn from the way Cristiano Ronaldo reacted to being booed everywhere he went after the 2006 World Cup.
Remember that famous wink during Portugal’s game with England? The wink that seemed to imply that Ronaldo had deliberately gone out of his way to get Wayne Rooney sent off during the important World Cup quarter-final.
Well, it’s something Rooney may have to look back to because as much as he may want United to tell the fans he didn’t categorically ask for a transfer, there are still going to be supporters getting on his case.
“What you’ve got to do is go back to Ronaldo and that World Cup with Wayne when they had that incident. After two games, Ronaldo was playing fantastic and everybody forgot all about it,” said Robson.
If Rooney stays at United beyond this summer and into the new season, the only way that he is going to win back the club’s fans is by scoring goals and making a real difference in big matches.
United are heading into an unknown in the respect that it’s the first time in just under three decades that they haven’t started a season with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge.
David Moyes has taken over, has made indicated Rooney will be staying at the club and if he turns out to be pivotal in a title or Champions League winning campaign then the words ‘forgive and forget’ will become very appropriate.
“That’s the scenario for Wayne. If he starts the season well and scores a few goals and is enjoying his football, then the fans will forgive him – if there is anything to forgive him for,” he added.
Rooney remains a very important player for the club because his quality in terms of how he floats between the midfield and the attack as a number ten in the side is superb.
It’s a role that no other player in the attacking part of United’s squad can do as effectively and it’s something which guarantees he’ll be in the side at the start of the season.
Rooney’s first transfer request was explained via poor advice he was given and his apparent second one doesn’t seem to have been born out of anything official.
There’s every chance he will be in the starting eleven for United’s first Premier League match of the season and he could turn out to be the club’s most important player of the season.
There are still some fans that are saying the club would be better off without him but United are a much more daunting proposition with Rooney in the side, happy, with the support of the fans and the boo boys off his back.
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