Rooney to leave United?

It was reported last night that Manchester United will consider the sale of Wayne Rooney in the summer for a fee of around £35 million. These stories are not a result of the England international being benched midweek for our second leg tie against Real Madrid. They have been around for months with the club picking up valuations from a few foreign outlets.

When speculation began linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Old Trafford it looked almost impossible financially. The player himself is not happy in Madrid and the club are monitoring the situation. It’s a long way off from happening, but the sale of Rooney would not only give us more money to spend in the market but it would grant the opportunity to offer higher wages.

A number of fans have not fully forgiven Rooney for attempting to force his way out in October 2010 when he questioned the ambition of the club. It resulted in a U-turn with the striker getting an increased salary which made it look as if he held United for ransom.

There is no doubt that Rooney is one of our most influential players. He is on course to break the England goal record needing just 17 goals. Whereas at United he is 55 goals away from taking the all-time record from Sir Bobby Charlton.

People are questioning whether Rooney would move to a foreign club. I’m not too sure. I personally wouldn’t like to see him at another English outlet, but you never know in football. Stranger things have happened. So far, the only club to have expressed an interest are Paris Saint-Germain as reported by the Times a week ago.

Like I said earlier, this is a long way off from happening. The negotiation process could go either way like we have seen previously. My question, however, is if a Ronaldo return was promised at the expense of Rooney, would you go with it?

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  1. no, Rooney is playing for us. I would pick RVP over Messi, Rooney over Ronaldo, Cleverley over Iniesta, why? Because they want to play for this club, if they want that they have a heart if they have a heart they will do more for the club.

  2. I would hate to see Wayne leave it would be up their with the departures of Becks, Ronny and King Eric for me. I doubt he’s leaving to be honest if Ronaldo does come back it won’t be Rooney out the door it will be Valencia and Nani. As we have bought young Wilf in from Palace and maybe if Ronny came back would be a great mentor for him. I hope we can get a deal for that Victor lad from Celtic he is going to be a great talent.

  3. Noooo… I am sure he will not go, but between Young, Nani, Valencia and Chicharito I am sure will leave the club this summer

  4. I’m a supporter in S.A and rooney to leave is like the previous comment it would be losing a Leader and after giggs and scholes we will need our older and more experience guys at the club

  5. i am a fan from Nigeria. i wuld love to see rooney playin out is career at man u…. he is a commited player and selfless too… rooney is definitely going nowhere

  6. I’ve also heard these rumours for several weeks.I believe he will go. His contract will only have 2 yrs remaining at the end of the season and United won’t offer him the same £250k pw, he simply isn’t worth that money anymore. Would Rooney take a pay cut? If he doesn’t he’ll be off because there is no way we’ll ‘do an Arsenal’ and let his contract run down to the final year. Unless he agrees a significant pay cut he’ll be off. Let’s see how much he wants to become a United legend.

    Where would he go? Who can afford him? Will his Mrs be happy to move abroad? It wouldn’t surprise me if he is wearing the blue of City or Chelsea next season. They both need a top striker, they’ll certainly match or increase his ludicrous salary and their rich owners probably have £35-40m down the back of their sofa.

    I’d prefer he stay, break Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record but I have a feeling he’ll dig his heals in for an improved contract – and that won’t happen. I’d be gutted but not surprised and we’d getover it pretty damn quickly if Ronny returned.

  7. @Alex: Oh dear, the naivety. Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta all in the one team at the expense of Van Persie, Rooney and Cleverley? You would want to be mental to say no. Saying that takes nothing away from those three players currently at United.

    @Stockie: Asking Rooney to take a pay cut would be like talking to a wall. But that’s not the origin of the problem. During his pathetic outburst in October 2010, Rooney not only questioned the club’s ambition but our drive to attract top players. Last summer, Ferguson brought in Van Persie. Wayne’s response was to come back after his summer break overweight but the boss still expected him to rise to the challenge. He didn’t.

  8. Dale, very true, his lack of fitness (not injuries) is an annual event, but my point still stands, is he worth another £250k pw for 5 years? Much will depend on another club being prepared to pay cica £40m. If so he’ll be gone. If not I suspect we’d offer him an extension on the same money because we cannot afford to ‘do an Arsenal’. There will be a resolution of some sort by July in my opinion.

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