Why Wayne Rooney Must Be Sold In The Summer Irrespective Of His Stature At Manchester United

Why Wayne Rooney Must Be Sold In The Summer Irrespective Of His Stature At Manchester United
Apr 6, 2016

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Wayne Rooney has been a pivotal figure in Manchester United’s success during his time at Old Trafford. But his best days have past, as much as what he’s already accomplished, he can offer little to the current United squad excluding his irrefutable experience.

Sir Alex Ferguson was extremely skilled in knowing when a player had peaked, Andrei Kanchelskis, Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham are all prominent examples. Many would agree that the England captain would have been shown the door in 2013 following Rooney and Ferguson’s reported fallout but the England all-time leading goal-scorer remained at the club and subsequently took on the role of club captain.

Here is why Wayne Rooney must exit Old Trafford in the summer irrespective of his stature at United:


Declining performances

Wayne Rooney’s performances has come under severe scrutiny in recent years and there is a strong belief that there’s nothing temporary about Rooney’s decline. His form has lacked consistency; he’s no longer a striker to be relied on to score 30 goals a season, his goal-scoring return has lessened; last season Rooney only managed to score 12 league goals and this season he doesn’t look like he’ll achieve much better, having only notched 7 goals. There has been a noticeable drop in the 30-year-old’s stamina and fitness levels. Rooney’s explosiveness has vanished; he’s is no longer the type of player who has the ability to create something out of nothing. But after 14 years and over 500 games played at the highest level it’s no surprise to see a decrease in his general quality of play. Rooney was introduced to Premier League football at the tender age of 16 and was very physically mature for his age, so in terms of games played, he’s much older than he is in reality.

Nothing to prove

Wayne Rooney has notched 244 goals for United and is on course to breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249. Rooney, who’s been at United since 2004, has won numerous honours at Old Trafford including 5 Premier League titles, winning the Champions League once, the FIFA Club World Cup once and winning two league cups. He’s given us Man United supporters many moments which will live long in our memories like his sensational overhead kick against our noisy neighbours Manchester City or his stunning Old Trafford debut where he bagged a hat-trick. In his prime, Rooney was one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen, blessed with a tremendous footballing brain and he possessed skills which made him a defender’s nightmare. Looking back on it now, many people have perhaps underappreciated how special a player Rooney was. But the harsh reality is that Rooney is a finished player, he looks a shadow of the player who’s terrorised Premier League defences in recent years. Rooney’s testimonial has been arranged for August 3 against his boyhood team Everton which would be a perfect way to bring an end to his remarkable career at the Theatre of Dreams.

New centre-forward

According to reports, Rooney is the subject of a mega Chinese transfer bid. The likes of Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira have all made high-profile moves to the Chinese league but Rooney would surely become the poster boy of the Chinese Super League. Rooney still has over three years left on his contract at United, it’s currently unknown if Rooney and the United hierarchy are considering the eye-watering offer but Rooney will have to seriously think about life away from Old Trafford perhaps sooner rather than later. Rooney’s departure would allow the Red Devils to sign a younger and more exciting forward – the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Mauro Icardi and Harry Kane are all potential candidates for the role. But is a mid-20s striker really that much better than their current options? As much as I would love us to sign Lukaku or Kane I feel United would be better suited turning their attention to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who can be relied on to revive United’s fortunes. Like a fine wine, the 34-year-old Swede seems to just be getting better with age. Signing a striker of Ibrahimovic’s calibre would certainly be a welcome addition to the clubs’ roster and also provide executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, Ed Woodward and United’s sponsors with their marquee signing. With José Mourinho widely expected to become the new manager of Man United in the summer, a potential deadly partnership looms large.

Undeserved starting place

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are two players which have emerged as bright sparks in a dour and depressing season. With this exciting partnership brewing, I struggle to see where Wayne Rooney can fit into the current team. Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard have preoccupied the remaining attacking positions recently, Memphis Depay is not a name to be forgotten either despite his struggles during his debut season at United. Wayne Rooney was employed as United’s main centre-forward this season although he has failed to discover any proper form bar a brief run of games at the beginning of January. The fact of the matter is Rooney is no longer a guaranteed starter in the Man United team.

I’m a massive admirer of Rooney and he’s been a fantastic servant to the club but unfortunately, he has declined massively. The next manager will have a huge decision -whether it’s Mourinho or not.

Wayne, you’ll always be Man United’s golden boy – but it’s time to go!

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