Why Manchester United must keep Rooney even if they re-sign Ronaldo

Manchester United need to keep Wayne Rooney even if they bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

Wayne Rooney is hugely important to Manchester United, their future and their immediate success.

A possible way to finance a move to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford is to cash in on Rooney, who has been suggested as a £40 million striker for Paris Saint-Germain.

However, they need to keep him because if Rooney and Ronaldo can get back together in the next few seasons, United could quickly become unstoppable as a force in England and Europe.

The main reason United need to hang onto him is because he gives Sir Alex Ferguson so many different options with the attack of the side.

Rooney can play as the central striker but he’s equally effective in the hole or if he’s asked to play wider, as a way to provide the midfield with some additional support.

He also offers the rare commodity in football of a very strong work ethic and plenty of enthusiasm. He still shows that glint in his eye and the bit of anger when he loses the ball and races after the player who dared to dispossess him.

United are also going to need his key leadership skills over the next few seasons with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand all destined to leave the current team in the near future.

Rooney is someone who has been tipped as a possible England captain in the next couple of years, which is the perfect demonstration that he can take care of himself and the players he represents in a Manchester United shirt.

It’s counter productive to suggest that United would axe one star to make way for another, especially when both stars in question would be essential to the success of the team.

Ronaldo could be into his 30s by the time he goes back to United, if that’s the career plan he’s got in mind.

Whether he likes it or not, he won’t be able to play the volume of games that he could when he first joined United, which makes Rooney’s squad role even more important than it already is.

Ferguson and United need to have players they can rely on when certain stars pick up injuries or need a rest. It could be damaging to United if they use Rooney to fund a deal for Ronaldo, only for Ronaldo to then pick up a bad injury and be kept out of the side.

Why would United give up Rooney when they could easily have him and Ronaldo? It makes no sense.

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