Earlier this week, I was sucked in to the whole Wayne Rooney saga. “Who’s he going to join?”, “how much for?”, “what’s going to happen to Manchester United?” were the questions being thrown around.
I was in agreement with the World Cup disappointment that Manchester United needed to bring in a marquee player or two to compete with the likes of Chelsea and even Manchester City in the Premier League this season. Not to mention Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid and co in the Champions League.
Just a few days ago, Rooney was demanding to leave. Sir Alex Ferguson had admitted defeat. Manchester United looked like they were in the brink of losing their ace striker, who scored 26 league goals for last seasons runners up.
Wayne Rooney has managed just 1 goal in the league so far this season, a penalty versus West Ham. Manchester United are already 5 points behind leaders Chelsea after 8 games, with a potentially tricky trip t Stoke City today.
To keep Wayne Rooney at the 18-time English champions, the England striker signed a five year contract yesterday, seeing the former Everton youngster earn £250,000 a week. So much for a financial crisis at the club. Who could turn down an additional £5,000,000 plus a year?
Fought Off Rival Competition
Maybe it’s a kick in the teeth to Manchester City, who were favourites to realign Wayne Rooney with Carlos Tevez earlier this week, and strengthen their title challenge. United’s neighbours currently sit in 2nd place, and 2 points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
The past week has shown the true colours of several Manchester United fans and their fickle ways. They’d previously torn down posters of their star striker, protested outside his mansion and formed hatred banners to place around the stadium. Expect those fans to be kissing his feet again this weekend, and even more so on Tuesday when they next play at Old Trafford.
What Next for Wayne Rooney?
Tied down to a deal with England’s biggest club for the next 5 years. Yes, there is bound to be some silverware for the United ace during that time. While the squad looks weaker on paper to Chelsea this season, keeping hold of Rooney is a big statement from the club, whom need to bring in a few stars next summer, after losing out to the likes of Mesut Ozil, David Silva and Mario Balotelli amongst others after the World Cup.