Manchester United all wrong about Rooney

Wayne Rooney

The saga continues between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United, with the striker now ‘angry and confused’ with Moyes latest comments and Chelsea coming in with a bid for the player which has been rejected. It all started last season as Sir Alex Ferguson started to favour Welbeck and Robin van Persie as his strikers of choice. Understandably, the English International was not happy and verbally requested a transfer at the end of 2012/13 season. Things seemed to be calming down during the summer, as David Moyes insisted Wayne was part of his plans going forward and reports of the striker looking fitter than ever.

This is all changed with recent comments by Moyes where he confirmed Robin van Persie as his main striker, and Wayne would be kept on as a replacement for the Dutchman, if he got injured. This was not the best thing to say, as I am betting anyone would infer that Wayne would never be able to fight for his place, as the decision had already been made on the choice of striker, and that the English striker would be on the bench waiting for van Persie to be injured to get a run. I have to admit that if I was Rooney, I would be re-thinking my future at a club who just wanted me as a substitute, after nine years of playing regular Premier League and International football, and still in the prime of my career.

Is it no wonder that there is interest from Jose Mourinho, with him stating that Rooney is a player that he admires and obviously it would not be good for one of the best English strikers to be sitting on a bench for the best part of a season. I can understand Manchester United’s view, that they would like to continue with van Persie and keep Rooney as a back up, especially with Robin’s past experiences with injuries that kept him out of the game for long spells at Arsenal.

However, it just does not seem right that a player with the potential, experience, goal scoring record, work rate and calibre of Wayne Rooney to be ‘warming the bench’. It is not good for the player, the England team, Manchester United fans and the English Premier League, that one of the best and most exciting players in the world is sat on a bench in the hope of someone getting injured. Can I blame the striker for wanting out, not really.

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