Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he wants to leave Manchester United in search of silverware, believing the club lack strength.
As hard as it is to imagine a player wanting to leave Manchester United for trophies, Wayne Rooney has a good point at this moment in time. Manchester United are not going to win the Premier League this season, and I don’t see them lifting the Champions League either.
Trophies Drying Up?
Manchester United only won the Carling Cup last season; finishing runners up to Chelsea in the Premier League, being eliminated from the Champions League to Bayern Munich at the quarter final stage, and being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Leeds United in round 3.
All Good Things Come to An End
Prior to last season, Manchester United had won the Premier League for the three seasons in a row, and the Champions League in 2008. They have only won the FA Cup once this millennium (2004), since their domination in the 90’s.
There are too many names to mention in the successful United side of the 90’s, but the team United have now just doesn’t have Champions written over them. They really have not recovered since the losses of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. The loss of Wayne Rooney during this season will only add to that.
Manchester United currently lack a consistent goalscorer in their side. While Dimitar Berbartov has made a good start to the season, he drifts out of a lot of games. In particular, games where they need the Bulgarian to score goals, and in times where his failure to do so has seen the side drop points. Nani is starting to make an impact on the wings. Javier Hernandez is still in need of time to settle in. Federico Machedia is young and inexperienced. Michael Owen’s fitness is a liability.
With Chelsea and Manchester City bringing in all the stars over the past couple of seasons, Manchester United have failed to compete in the transfer window as successfully as their Premier League rivals. To the point that their biggest star wants to leave.
What next for Manchester United?
Firstly, they need to sell Wayne Rooney for a tidy sum. The recent rumours of Rooney buying out his contract for £5,000,000 would be a nightmare for a player they paid five times that amount for. After that, Ferguson needs to see his side compete for the title in the Premier League and made a good run in the Champions League. Developing the likes of Hernandez, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Rafael, Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson over the remainder of this season and the future are key to United’s future.