Would signing Manchester United star have been the difference for Chelsea?

Wayne Rooney was under intense transfer speculation in the summer to join Chelsea for around £40 million, would he have made the difference?

Jose Mourinho hadn’t let the ink dry long on his own contract before trying to entice England striker Wayne Rooney to join him at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese manager has been a long-term admirer of the England striker having reportedly trying to sign him for Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now Chelsea. It’s not difficult to see why the United hitman particularly tickles the fancy of the Chelsea manager, who has always appreciated the art of hard work.

The ending of Wayne Rooney’s transfer speculation went right up until the season starting, with Chelsea giving up after a reported £40 million pound bid was rejected in mid-August.

11 games into the Premier League season and Chelsea find themselves in 4th, a point above Manchester United in 5th and 4 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Manchester United started the season in a pretty under-whelming fashion. The grit, determination and quality Rooney has brought to the team has been able to see them keep their name in the title fight.

Wayne Rooney has in recent weeks looked like getting into some of the best form of his career to date, and has shown even in a side that struggling to create he has that extra ability to drag them out the rut single-handedly.

The game against Stoke proved just that, where United found themselves behind twice. The England striker’s instrumental link up play with fellow team-mate Robin Van Persie was the difference and claimed the side 3 points.

Chelsea have dropped 5 points from their last 2 games in the Premier League, and was lucky to get that point in the end, as West Bromwich Albion can feel aggrieved for a last minute penalty they had called against them. Despite that, the chances have been there and so has the possession.

The lack of ‘Wayne Rooney’ type player has gone against them on these occasions, which if sorted could have seen them currently sitting top. They haven’t had a striker that has been able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and drag the side out of trouble, not since Drogba left the club anyway.

I believe in the end the stubbornness of Moyes not to give in to Rooney’s transfer demands has paid for itself. The striker could have been the edge that Chelsea currently need, and would have left the Manchester club in a pretty bad way.

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