Date: 7th January 2012 at 1:26am
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Okay to be honest, I’ve been itching to write a piece on Wayne Rooney and with the current headline on today’s Independent, I thought, why not?

Wayne Rooney

Will Wazza be staying at United long-term?

Firstly I’m knowledgeable enough to know that you” don’t believe everything you read in the papers”, as the old saying goes, but let us give the Independent credit – it’s a top newspaper and would have/ must have researched well enough to find some minor truth in it. Or did they? Well that’s not my position to find out, but there is something I would like to run by fellow Reds, so these 100 words so far have not been quite so pointless. My question is: Would it be such a bad thing for Manchester United to sell Wayne Rooney?

Over the past two seasons I like other supporters I’m sure have noticed a different attitude and different body language emanating from Wayne. He has not been the player we signed back in August 2004. He does not get me off my seat quite like he used to and although granted he’s a special player, he seems to be uninterested and as I said in a previous article I’m not one for knee jerk reactions.

Think back or even watch United games a little closer, especially the matches against so called “lesser opponents”. Do you see Rooney harrying back towards his own goal to win a ball back he has just lost? Do you see Wayne try to grab hold of the game and produce magic? Well maybe sometimes, but not nearly enough for a man deemed “The White Pele”. When he scored that beautiful strike against Fulham a couple of weeks back, I was a tad shocked, because as I said to my mate “Wayne doesn’t do that anymore!” I’m sure people will mention the magnificent goal v City at Old Trafford last year, but that has nothing to do with my point. I know how good Wayne Rooney can be, I’m just not so sure he can do it for our football club anymore or at least often enough.

I have to wonder whether it is just me or does he still feel superior to his teammates? Or does he lose interest when his club need him most – in their hour of need, when others can’t do it with him does he feel that there is no need to try.
If Manchester United wants to stay right on that perch, then we need hungry players to do so. Alex Ferguson knows this, so maybe that is how a news story crops up. But take away the goals (which in fairness he has scored a lot this season) and we see a lack of contribution from a man widely known as our best player. He has it in his locker, “there’s no question about that” a phrase Sir Alex frequently uses, but unless it’s shown on a more regular basis against all kinds of teams, I think we should cash in and bring in players who will show hunger and desire at this club.

My feelings of course, go back 15/16 months ago when Rooney wished to leave because of the club’s “lack of ambition” and it does take time to forgive, but only if I can again watch matches and say happily on a regular basis “Rooney had a great game today” because I have rarely if ever said that since. We need the real Wayne Rooney of 2004-2009 to stand up and be counted once more.

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4 responses to “Will The Real Wayne Rooney Please Stand Up”

  1. joe says:

    some man utd fans are crazy he is by far our best player and he is under the bracket of world class who the hell could replace him if this is true we are letting our best player go and man utd will struggle there is no one who can replace him that we can buy. messi or ronaldo wont join we lack severely in the midfield already and rooney wins us games on his own with great finishing, determination and has has a very good passing range tell me who we could buy to replace him who has those qualities i sick of the abuse rooney gets i understand what he did was wrong last time but what he said was right we lack ambition we only buy young talent and half the time it dosen’t work we never replaced ronaldo and we have never been the same team since he left and we haven’t replaced Paul scholes this Manchester united squad is one of the worst we have had in the last 10 years. this season has shown how weak we have become.We got knocked out of an easy champions league group are we not blind to see we aren’t up to scratch we are manchester united the best team in the world and we have a shocking midfield compare us to barca or real madrid in terms of squad and starting eleven we are poor,we have have 38 year old legend in ryan giggs and apart from cleverly he is our best midfielder and giggs isnt even a centre midfielder he was always a winger you can’t me we can compete with the top clubs Ferguson said after we lost to barcelona he wants to reach them heights well im sorry but he didn’t address the main problem we had against barca and that was we were outclassed and outran in the midfield the same happened against newcastle a few days ago if we sell rooney we will be a club in decline and we wont ever replace Rooney like we didn’t replace ronaldo, with beckham he went and purchased ronaldo and since ronaldo has gone i have seen no one who is going to replace him.this has cost us this season and once Ferguson goes we are left with an average squad i wouldn’t be surprised if rooney left nani would be next properly going to real madrid

  2. Steve Crabtree says:

    I think Rooney has had a dip in form, like every player does – but I don’t agree that we see a lack of contribution from him anymore. That seems a very England fan kind of way of thinking.

    We should never rely on one man, we’ve won titles on team efforts for the last 20 years, and in that time hughes, Cantona, Keane etc have all had their purple patches.

    Personally, I think Rooney has been one of our tope three players this season in terms of contribution, and i think there’s other area we need to point the finger at before our former wantaway striker.

  3. Matthew says:

    Hi guys, I think all of you got a point. Yes, I actually agree the writer that Rooney sometimes look disinterest. He hasn’t celebrate like he used to. But I don’t agree the lack of contribution part. He is still putting more effort than other players but just not showing the happiness he once have. I don’t think selling him is the answer because we will not able to attract players if we sell our best players. What we have to do is to upgrade our squad, then Rooney will be enjoy playing football for us again.

  4. Lionel says:

    I do admit that I have not fully forgiven Rooney from last year but I have noticed that his attitude is just not right and you get the impression that he thinks that he is bigger than the rest of the team and I would not be shocked that if he leaves during the summer.