Listening to people try excuse Wayne Rooney’s second transfer request has left many fans baffled. Two in the space of three years is just clumsy and more should be expected of a player that earns a reported £300k per week at Manchester United. It looks likely that he will leave this summer, but a few extra million wouldn’t go astray in the transfer kitty unless the Glazers decided their pockets were a better fit (that wouldn’t surprise me, either). Speaking of money, many are taking their thoughts out on the situation with football betting.
Every year seems to be the same with Rooney. Story after story we hear of unsettlement and a controversy is never too far away. When Ferguson confirmed the striker had plans to leave Old Trafford it must have been a slap in the face for fans that had forgiven his behavior in 2010. This smells of a repeat but I hope the club can pull the plug before it becomes embarrassing.
If Rooney does not want to play for United, that’s fine. We’ll move on. The fans have said goodbye to better players in the past and the club has progressed, but I guess a lot of people are curious as to why he may want a move. The dropping and subbing has left him feeling cold, but that’s his fault. Any player with the right attitude would look at his game to see where he could improve. Unfortunately, Rooney has not done that which is a worrying sign.
Take a look at Javier Hernandez. He has scored goals when called upon but playing time has been limited. I bet he’s pissed off but his handling of the situation is how it should be. The Mexican is playing for the biggest club in the world and is aware of how to behave – something Rooney seems to ignore. However, every year you read odds on United winning the league and see it’s something the vast majority of football fans expect. The grass is rarely greener on the other side.
Be careful of what you wish for is an important lesson for Rooney. In 2010, he demanded world class signings. But United got one in Van Persie and this is his response? It’s just not good enough and I am sure David Moyes will want to address the issue immediately.
Many have tipped Shinji Kagawa to play in behind Robin van Persie next season. That will grant Moyes an opportunity to strengthen other areas of the team which he may or may not feel necessary. Jurgen Klopp says his ‘heart breaks’ to see Shinji Kagawa playing a bit-part role at Manchester United.
“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing! My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes,” Klopp said. “Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw. But for most Japanese people it means more to play for Man United than Dortmund. We cried for 20 minutes, in each others’ arms, when he left.”