There has been little for Manchester United fans to cheer about so far this season. Performances on the pitch have been very disappointing, and bar the signing of Juan Mata, the club haven't succeeded in the transfer market either. Many bids have been rejected and made public, and the last minute signing of Marouane Fellaini in the summer has so far proved to be a poor piece of business.
However with news circulating that Wayne Rooney is set to commit his future to the club, fans are hopeful for the future. Securing Rooney until 2019 shows a sign of intent, that the club is ready to invest in Moyes. Keeping Rooney at the club is imperative given the club's current situation. They need figures like Rooney, otherwise they would no longer hold the threat which they consistently have done over the last 20 years or so. Wayne along with Robin Van Persie and Juan Mata are currently the only players who have the 'wow factor' at the club.
Rooney will reportedly earn a staggering £300,000 a week over the next five-and-a-half-years. A 20% increase on his current £250,000 salary. Not bad going for someone who apparently wanted to leave the club just last summer, but then that's not the first time he has wanted out. Wayne has complained about numerous things at the club before, not bringing in the right players, not being ambitious enough. It will happen again, sooner or later, but this time Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill won't be there to sort it out.
Although Rooney's statement as to why he wanted to leave last summer was down to Sir Alex. Fergie had told Wayne he wanted to incorporate him into a midfield role, and the former Evertonian was having none of it. The relationship between the two became even further strained when Fergie publicised the matter. It looked as if Rooney would certainly leave in the summer of 2013.
Fast forward nine months and a new positive relationship has been born with David Moyes. They have had history before of course when Rooney left Everton on a sour note in 2004, but all seems well now and Moyes is playing Rooney in his preferred role as striker. The 28-year-old can't be happy with the side's position in the league however.
Of course last summer wasn't the first time that it was made public that Rooney wanted to leave the club. In October 2010, Rooney was 'intent' on leaving the club. He then insisted that it was down to not receiving any assurances from the club that they would look to strengthen the side. United weren't attracting the world's top players, according to Rooney. He soon committed his future to the club after they offered him a bumper new contract though. But if he wasn't happy with the squad then, then what must he think now? They will struggle to attract top players in the summer if there is no European football next season.
Wayne wants to be competing for the major honours on all fronts, and would be able to walk into a side capable of doing that anywhere in the world. United look like they are a long way away from competing for all major honours. It looks as if they will struggle to even make the Europa League this season. Would Wayne stick around if that was the case? Things may not improve next year, and it could entail another season of transition. At 28, Rooney is at the peak of his career and can't afford to spend that time at a club hovering around 6th/7th in the league.
It seems as if Manchester United will invest heavily in the summer, but it's a big ask to get all the incomings performing well together instantly. It could take time, and it depends on who wants to commit to the ongoing project at Old Trafford given there are more attractive options elsewhere.
So whilst it may be of some relief that Rooney is about to sign a new contract, it doesn't mean anything, other than he will be an even wealthier man. It wouldn't surprise me if he asks for a move again within the next year, and if he wants to leave, he will do. There will be plenty of clubs willing to spend a stupendous amount of money on him, and who's to stop him leaving this time?
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