Manchester United

Just Who IS The Bad Guy In The Rooney Saga?

He's walking away

Following on from Sir Alex Ferguson’s remarkably open and honest press conference not long ago, who is the one to blame for one of the world’s best players wanting to leave Old Trafford? Is it the employer or the employee?

Fergie said: “It’s a shock. We’re as bemused as anyone can be because we can’t understand why he would want to leave a club that is as successful as we are. We have done nothing but help him since he came to the club.”

It’s very clever stuff on Fergie’s part. There would undoubtedly have been a fan backlash toward the manager for supposedly ‘freezing out’ one of the best players around. After all he has history (Beckham, Stam etc).

But the boss’ words have turned the whole thing around onto Rooney. It now looks as if the stone cold gaffer feels hurt and betrayed. And that Rooney is being selfish and greedy and petulant. Nobody wins a PR war with Fergie.

Personally I’m on the gaffer’s side. You have to put faith in him. He’s always ruled with an iron fist and anyone to object to him has been shown the door. David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Roy Keane (amongst others) can vouch for that.

But what is Rooney so upset about? He brought it on himself with his off field antics. And if he’d have performed on the field then there’d have been no problem. But he hasn’t. Of United’s strikers this season, those being Berbatov, Macheda, Hernandez and himself (you can’t really count Owen), he’s been the worst. He’s not looked the same player and quite rightly was dropped.

But it seems to him that form doesn’t matter because he’s Wayne Rooney. He can’t be dropped because he’s Wayne Rooney. It doesn’t matter. Last season he was exceptional, but that was last season. You’re only as good as your last game, and his last ten have been rubbish. That’s not to say I want him to leave United and the Premiership. It’s just another example of footballer’s getting too big for their boots.

I shan’t speculate on where he will go in January, I dread to think of him ‘doing a Tevez’. One thing’s for sure though. However much United get for him (£50m seems to be a popular figure) 75% of it will go straight into paying off debts, just like the Ronaldo money.


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