If Wayne Rooney is serious about leaving Manchester United, then maybe the best thing for Manchester United right now would be to let Wayne Rooney move away from Old Trafford.
The England international is 27-years old now and has accomplished a number of things at Manchester United – 5 Premier League titles, a Champions League and a number of individual awards.
One notable trophy missing from his club career is an FA Cup – something Chelsea specialise in winning.
However, if a player wants out of a club then often it can be right to let them go. Whilst David Moyes has maintained his stance on Rooney not being for sale and the club reportedly rejecting two bids from Chelsea, the income generated from the sale and with more than three weeks left of the transfer window, Rooney is replaceable.
Last season, under Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney saw his position as the main striker at Old Trafford disappear to Robin van Persie.
The Dutch striker was successful in that role, leading the Premier League goalscoring chart at the end of the season.
Wayne Rooney was very successful in his role as a playmaker, last season scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists in his 27 Premier League appearances (22 starts). And that despite being inconsistent. There were certainly a number of games in which the England striker did not perform, and was frustrating to his team’s fans.
Selling one of your stars to one of your title rivals, sure, it’s a big deal. But Chelsea are willing to pay £25+ million, maybe £30+ million – money which can be invested to get a top, top player in almost any position. With the exception of Mario Gómez this summer, few proven strikers have fallen below that fee. But Manchester United have van Persie and Javier Hernández – they don’t need desperately need another striker.
Rooney is heading towards his 30s where you’d expect his market value to drop substantially. He turns 28 in October. Already, some of his explosiveness that we saw when he burst onto the scene and into his early 20s, has arguably gone.
Shinji Kagawa can play the role behind the striker – he was excellent in that position at Borussia Dortmund for a season and a half (when not injured), and showed good potential in his debut season at Old Trafford (when not injured). However, the Japanese playmaker does lack the defensive qualities that Wayne Rooney and his determination do offer to Manchester United (albeit with 7 yellow cards last season).
Having targeted Cesc Fàbregas and Thiago Alcântara this summer, Moyes is interested in a playmaking central midfielder – something Manchester United lost at the end of last season when Paul Scholes retired.
Moyes has plenty of wingers at his disposal – Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Nani and now Wilfried Zaha – if he can get a consistent level of production from two of those.
There are still a number of playmakers on the market that Manchester United can recruit either before their season starts next weekend, or before the transfer window closes at the start of September.
Wayne Rooney is not naturally a playmaking midfielder. He is United’s second choice striker being deployed out of position over other areas of the pitch.
The team may be better with Rooney in it, but now that Rooney appears to be creating problems in his efforts to push through a transfer elsewhere, there’s only so long that Manchester United should keep hold of him before he becomes a negative effect to the club.
And now seems as good a time as any to cash in on Wayne Rooney.