The Manchester United forward will attract the division crown, says one pundit, regardless of whether he is at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge.
The club who have Wayne Rooney on their books on September 2 will be the one who march all the way to the title, according to renowned pundit Alan Hansen, who has stated that, if the Manchester United powerhouse joins Chelsea, then the Premier League pendulum will swing away from David Moyes at Old Trafford and toward Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
'The team that has Wayne Rooney in their line-up will most likely be champions in May,' said Hansen to The Telegraph. 'That’s how significant I rate the current battle for his services, the prospect of Rooney leaving Manchester United for Chelsea simply unthinkable if the title holders are to retain their crown.
'For all the new signings, emerging stars and possible arrivals into the Premier League in the next few weeks, it is Rooney who will have most influence on proceedings over the next nine months.'
While Moyes won his first piece of silverware in a United tracksuit on Sunday, claiming the Community Shield after overseeing a successful 2-0 downing over last season's FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic, it was Robin van Persie who secured his name all over today's back-pages due to his brace of goals.
Rooney wasn't even on the bench but, despite his omission, van Persie's form and the convincing victory, Hansen doubts success in the red half of Manchester will have longevity if the club do business with the Blues.
'If he joins Chelsea, they will win the league. I’m absolutely sure of that. If he remains at Old Trafford, David Moyes has a much better chance of marking his debut season with the title. Should Rooney be sold to a foreign club, not ideal for Moyes, but probably more acceptable if he is intent on leaving the club, then Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be celebrating.'
Rooney's position at Manchester United may now be untenable, according to legendary Red Devils midfielder Roy Keane, who informed ITV that, regardless of conceding to player power, it is more logical to sell Rooney than it is to keep him.
'If a player wants to leave a club, wants a new challenge, whether he's at United or anywhere and the club get a good offer, let him go.'
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