Not suprisingly Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to put the events of the last seven days firmly behind him and get back to focusing on United’s title challenge.
Fergie told radio station Key103 ‘We have important issues ahead, starting with Stoke City on Sunday. There is no problem with the players or myself. We are doing what is best for Manchester United’.
Reflecting on the Wayne Rooney saga has got me thinking what about repercussions are now he is staying.
Any potential Rooney replacement United would have looked to sign would no doubt have Rooney’s comments in the back of their mind.
It is hardly a glowing endorsement of your club when your best player wants to leave due to lack of ambition.
So with Rooney staying United escape any ‘rats deserting a sinking ship’ quips, but they have been undermined none the less.
United’s ethos has long been that no player is bigger than the club, but it appears that Wayne Rooney has been excused from this rule.
Rooney’s petulance and disrespect for the club has been rewarded with an vastly improved contract, whereas in the past players would almost certainly have been shown the door.
However, if Rooney had been allowed to leave United their image would have been hurt and they would have struggled to attract a player of the same quality to replace him.
So perhaps United should ammend their slogan to ‘No player is bigger than the club… except Wayne Rooney’.
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