£250,000 – four numbers on the lottery? A good win on the pools? Or a weeks wage. In a week when World Cup winner Nobby Stiles sold his winners medal for £188,200 has the price of playing football gone otherworldly?
Whilst over half of Manchester is unemployed or at least feeling the effects of the recession a certain W. Rooney has earned himself a bumper pay rise by playing the media game to the best of his agents ability.
Is it mere coincidence that, just a few choice words from Manchester United’s Manager and Chief Executive seemed to make all the difference in an otherwise untenable situation.
On Wednesday it seemed likely that Manchester United were on the verge of losing another prized asset for next to nothing after the Carlos Tevez saga of last season. Could Manchester United cope without the input of England’s talisman?
Well apparently not. Early Friday morning and despite Sir Alex’s claims that “no-one is bigger than the club and he would never bankrupt the club for one player” Rooney came away with a new deal worth in excess of £250,000 a week. Not bad for a forward who has scored 1 goal in open play this season?
Is this a sign that Sir Alex has finally met his match or, is over the hill or are the Glazers finally delivering on there promise?
Maybe neither, with the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo and the acrimonious departure of Carlos Tevez for United’s reluctance to pay the player what his representatives thought he was worth. United’s Board needed a landmark deal in order to try and regain the trust of the supporters, many of which have decided entrust their allegiance with FC United of Manchester.
Even so the thoughts of the Manchester United fans are still divided and many still feel that if United suffer a trophy-less season then Rooney could jump ship at the first available hurdle.
With this thought in mind the Glazers have made it their business to tie-down other first teamers with less than 18 months on their respective contracts, Evra and O’Shea already locked in contract talks and Ferdinand already intimating that he (as England’s Captain) would like a deal at least on par with Rooney’s.
With the blue moon rising just across the city and the endless financial capabilities of Sheik Mansour are Europe’s elite beginning to turn a shoulder of the prestige and trophy winning capabilities of United in return for a massive bank balance.
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