Where is the love? Owen addresses Rooney’s needs

Of all of the magnificent number 7’s Manchester United’s been graced with over the years, although Michael Owen may certainly not appear anywhere close to the top of the list his recent opinion on Wayne Rooney’s future with the reds makes complete sense. Having played alongside one another both with United and England, Owen recently told Sky Sports that Rooney just feels under appreciated – and needs love. Love? Let’s get this straight after the immense contracts, over 200 goals to his name and countless accolades to go along with his name: the recent transfer request from the Englishman doesn’t seem to add up.

Even though Sir Alex Ferguson’s made it quite clear that Rooney requested to leave the club for the second time since the 2010 debacle, Owen believes that Rooney’s true passion lies within Old Trafford. The former United front man told Sky Sports “I don’t think it’s a case that it’s his last chance for a big move, you don’t get anywhere bigger than Manchester United […] It’s more a case of, is he wanted, is he loved, is he appreciated?  He wants to be the top man, the main goalscorer, and I think that’s what it all boils down to.”

Owen may make a few key points that Rooney wants to be the centre of attention; however, he’s not the front man that United need. The current red does much better in the attacking midfield role he was given under Sir Alex and should realize the thirty-plus goal seasons may be behind him. So, is he loved? His commitment to United is questionable with the transfer requests, and we’re left wondering will a big club make a move and steal Wazza. Overall, Rooney hasn’t come to terms he’s no longer our front runner and United may not look towards him to drive the reds forward any longer.

Rooney can certainly be blamed for his actions, but Ferguson is not completely innocent either. Ironically enough, Rooney gave his request just as Ferguson announced his retirement – was it Fergie getting back at the man, or something else? Although we may never truly understand the complexity behind the whole situation, Rooney was not the better person. Regardless if he agreed or not, Rooney may have gone about the entire situation wrong again and instead of letting the supporters know of his commitment to the club – he dug himself a deeper hole.

Owen concluded his statements with “Why would he want to move away from a club like Manchester United?” Just as Ronaldo left to his favorite boyhood club, Real Madrid, Rooney may be having reservations towards where his heart may lie. Although I believe he’s a red through and through, another chapter may be lying ahead for him and even though it may not be the brightest, Wayne Rooney has to please – Wayne Rooney.


Robert Moore is writing for SN on behalf of One United USA. Follow @Robert_Moore24 on Twitter.

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  1. Jeez – my heart bleeds, somebody hand out the hankies lol. Nobody has been given more love than Rooney from the fans at United, and he has chucked it back in our faces, not once BUT TWICE. There are players at OT who do need the fans love and appreciation, but Rooney ISN’T one of them. IF HE STAYS Roo should get on with the job he is paid a stinkin fortune to do, and accept that the RVP’s of the football world, are always going to get the accolades as much as Roo gets them, when he earns them. To be honest, a lot of United fans talk down the pub, is that they are sick of hearing about Roo’s so called problems. If Roo thinks he’ll get the love, without showing the love for the club, or the respect for the management, his team mates and fans, he is delusional. I appreciate he has given a massive number of years to our club, so thanks for that Wayne truly, but the goings on this summer, and the last time you dissed your team mates as not being QUALITY, nah no thanks ever given regarding

    Stay or go Wayne, not a problem, United have a history of replacing the so called irreplaceable.

  2. Rooney needs to Lay off his only love at the moment …PIES ….and then maybe he will perform like he used to the attention seeking shrek monster ..the guy has had his chances and sadly he isn’t number 1 anymore ..let’s face it RVP has more talent in his little finger..all this Rooney is world class ?? What a load of bollocks he is mules apart from the top 3 players in the world

  3. I’ve agreed with you both Danny and MS – the time has come for Rooney to get on with it. Bunker down and become a pro. He’s not realizing United will continue on without him, he’s done a good bit for the reds during his time; however, his off the pitch antics are enough. A brilliant player when fit and the drive is there, he’s a gem – but this past season those became few and far between. Hope he stays at OT though, he’s got to earn the supporters trust though.

  4. @Robert Moore, enjoyed reading your article, so thanks for that. Keep up the good work, the more writers writing about ‘all things Man Utd’ the better for our great club.

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