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Blog: Perhaps Rooney just wants to join a successful club

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By Alex Hendrikson

Tuesday 19 October 2010

With the clash of egos and accompanying court intrigue apparently influencing Wayne Rooney’s reported intention to leave Manchester United, Alex Hendrikson asks whether the striker may have an ulterior motive.

A story that has very much been framed in the context of a break down in relations between player and manager might just be missing the point. Although Wayne Rooney’s public contradiction of Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to anger the old disciplinarian and risk leading to an irrevocable working relationship with his manager, perhaps this is convenient for a player who thinks his best chance of winning silverware is playing for another club.

Manchester United may now be a great power in irreversible decline. A steady exodus of their star players seems well underway, with the suggestion that Rooney and maybe even Nemanja Vidic could follow Carlos Tevez and Christiano Ronaldo out of Old Trafford. The club are crippled by debt, and simply do not have the financial clout to adequately replace these star names.

Compounding this is the imminent retirement of two ‘irreplaceables’ in Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Rio Ferdinand is no spring chicken either. An overhaul of the team is required and without a billionaire backer with hundreds of millions to burn, Ferguson’s record at getting value for money out of his transfers is, to say the least, questionable. On the pitch, United’s performances this season are indicative of a club in decline. The early signs are that they may even struggle to qualify for next season’s Champion’s League and soon they might not even be top dogs in their own city.

So what next for Rooney then? There are realistically only four clubs who could probably meet United’s asking price for their star player. The favourites are Real Madrid, but they have seemingly ruled themselves out of a January move. Barcelona are rumoured to be interested but may not meet the asking price. Chelsea have the financial clout, but have been reluctant to splash out big money in recent times in their search for financial sustainability. United fans presumably hope then, that Sheikh Mansour is not watching the news at the moment.

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By John on 09 April 2011 at 01:31

Easy to be smart 6 months later isn't it Andy? You do realise this blog was from October? If this journalist and every other journalist had a crystal ball it would be easy, but coming back in April and talking about how wrong everything he is smacks of petty small-mindedness. Grow up.

By andy delaney on 07 April 2011 at 00:41

i know it looks like were not gonna make next seasons champions league :/// defo on the decline aren't we-its not like were even competing for a treble!! this journo clealry knows his stuff. where is rooney right now?? oh yeah thats right he is still at man utd scoring for fun in recent games, leading the hunt for the a magnificent treble but hey this journo said we won't make the top 4 and on a steap decline so don't listen to me

By Alex Hendrikson on 19 October 2010 at 19:23

I agree Alan, John W Henry should take note.

By alan power on 19 October 2010 at 15:06

If Rooney really does want to annoy Ferguson he should sign for Liverpool!





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