Five reasons Manchester United should sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea

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Five reasons Manchester United should sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea.

Wayne Rooney's woeful run continued this week as he missed a penalty in the shootout defeat to Middlesbrough.

Just three summers ago the Red Devils rejected bids from Chelsea to sign the striker, the BBC reported. Well now is the time for Ed Woodward to pick up the phone to Roman Abramovich and invite an offer. 

Don't agree? Here are five reasons to state the case to sell...

Getting rid of him will improve the United team

Rooney's first touch has always been poor, but this has been emphasised in recent weeks. He is trying, but he just does not have the acceleration he used to, or the ability to impact games. Rooney should be scoring 20-25 goals in the United attack with the players around him, but even with penalties to boost his tally, he is unlikely to get near that figure this season - with just two league goals to his name. Selling him will force United to confront their lack of options up front, and buy a more dynamic striker at the top of his game, not waning Wayne.

Wage savings

After rejected advances to sell him previously, Manchester United committed themselves to Rooney by sanctioning a huge pay deal. Right now it appears to be money poorly spent. The BBC reported he earns £15.6 million per year, more than Cristiano Ronaldo does at Real Madrid. It's time for United to cut ties on the investment and find another club willing to over pay for his 'services'.

No more midfield experiment

As Rooney's impact in front of goal decreases, the worry is Louis van Gaal will begin moving him deeper into midfield. It's an experiment United have tried before, without success. If it did not work with the attacker in his 20s, it's mistaken to think that Wayne Rooney will transform into Paul Scholes when he turns 33 or 34. For the first time in years United have quality midfield options in the like of Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin, and emerging talent like Andreas Pereira. They cannot afford to stifle this by plugging Rooney into the role just to keep him in the line-up, and to avoid their midfield being held hostage in this situation - they should sell up.

Weaken Chelsea

When Jose Mourinho tried to buy Wayne Rooney in 2013, fans did not want to see him go and strengthen a rival. Yet now, if Chelsea come calling, will there really be concern? Yes, Rooney could have an initial impact, but then the same issues which are existent at United will come to bite. Let him be Chelsea's problem, let them pay for him, and make the sensible call. To take the optimistic view, Rooney could even weaken Chelsea as they try to force him into the team to make it work as they did with a past-it Fernando Torres.

Save Sir Bobby's record

Wayne Rooney became England's all-time leading goalscorer earlier this year, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's record. The World Cup winning midfielder still holds the record at United, but Rooney remains on course to overcome that too. He is currently just 13 goals behind him, but his form this season makes it no foregone conclusion this will be the year he does it. Rooney is a player who twice was linked with trying to leave the club, in order to secure a better deal for himself, angering fans. Is this really the man they want getting past Sir Bobby's long-standing record? Selling him as soon as possible would ensure it remains intact, and deny Rooney another place in the history books.

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