United claim their 20th title, the 13th of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Old Trafford reign and the players collect their medals one by one embracing the manager in front of the crowds in his final ever home game. One player who doesn’t receive a warm embrace is a certain Scouse striker who has to settle for a handshake and pat on the shoulder rather than the embrace nine years of service to the manager should merit.
It’s not long before the manager then confirms to the world’s media that the striker – a Mr Wayne Rooney – has put in his second transfer request in a mere three years.
Cue even more outrage from Reds already disillusioned with Rooney as the striker’s departure suddenly looks far less troubling than it did two years earlier.
It’s interesting to note that Rooney has denied Sir Alex’s claims, insisting he didn’t ask for a transfer request at all, which if indeed true makes you wonder why Ferguson decided to “go public.”
Sir Alex Ferguson has handed Moyes something of gift with Rooney as the new boss is in a win-win situation thanks to his predecessor. Should Moyes decide to sell Rooney, not many United fans will blame him, after all he’s let us down twice it would seem, once is forgivable, a second time is stretching it a bit too far.
If as is being reported Moyes keeps hold of Rooney then in the eyes of many he’ll have pulled off a coup in getting an unhappy player, who’s been an asset to the club, back onside. Ferguson’s public condemnation of Rooney and his “it’s now up to David to sort out” mantra, may just be the final masterstroke in a catalogue of many from the great man.