So Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford. So what?
Rooney hasn’t covered himself in glory of late, on or off the pitch. And he has undoubtedly been held in far higher regard in this country than his actual abilities should dictate. A good player, yes, fit to lace the boots of the world’s best? A big fat no.
A discussion was held last season between a selection of reds over who was better, Ronaldo or Rooney. Those unable to see past the red glaze covering their eyeballs could not admit that Ronaldo, despicable as he is, is a far better footballer. Rooney had a great season last term, until he got injured. It was probably around that time he started to think about his future and spent hours with his pushy agent, who himself will be hungry for another payday any transfer would bring. He probably knew his record goal haul was a one-off and he definitely knows United’s financial situation means they’re going nowhere but backwards as a club.
Will United fans be that arsed if he leaves? Probably not as bothered as the press will attempt to suggest as they try and crank up some kind of rivalry with city. The difference between the two clubs is that United are more important than players and always have been. City are nowhere near that level and need the ‘marquee’ signings to boost their lowly profile and to try and help them fill their permanently under-capacity ground. Bitter, me?
United fans will also be placated by working class hero Sir Alex Ferguson, as he cranks up the Glazer-led publicity machine to make out it’s all Rooney’s fault. It’s a lot of snide posturing from the master of the art of discrediting his ex-players in order to win petty personality battles. Quotes like this from The Guardian: “I was in the office on 14 August and David [Gill] phoned me to say he [Rooney] wasn’t signing a contract. I was dumbfounded. Only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world.
“It’s disappointing because we have done everything we possibly can to help Wayne Rooney ever since he came to the club. We have always been here as a harbour for him any time he has been in trouble, the advice we have given him, I was even prepared to give him financial advice.
“The one thing I said to him was ‘respect this club’, I don’t want any nonsense from you. I don’t know if he has done that. I have doubts on that, we are reading all these things about falling out with me and all that nonsense.”
Rooney will go because he sees United are a club in severe decline due to the American occupation. He will go because Ferguson wants him to. Because the Glazers need paying again as the Ronaldo money is gone and Rooney will fetch the most cash.
It’s hard to stomach someone who sold himself so far down the river that he is now stranded in the Atlantic somewhere, talking about ‘respecting’ this club. If he had any respect for this club, he’d have opposed the Glazers in 2005, which would have made their take-over impossible, and we wouldn’t even be discussing the probable departure of one of the world’s biggest names.