Is Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United star agitated? Does he feel betrayed by Sir Alex Ferguson and his red devils? Most importantly, what’s the real story behind this “ankle injury” and how come there are 15 different versions of the treatment he’s received for this little nibble? The English press has done its job in providing us with a million different anecdotes, stories, and scandals in revealing why one of the world’s most dynamic strikers could be ready to continue his storied career elsewhere come the January transfer window. Rooney is pissed off. He’s drawing criticisms for having slept with a prostitute in 2007 when his wife was pregnant. Apparently, Colleen Rooney has been in the dark about this for the last 3 years. Think Wayne is being put through the grinder right now with his lackluster start? Think about how his wife must be feeling?
We can confirm one element of the recent saga. Multiple sources have confirmed that Mr. Rooney adamantly refused to renew his contract with Manchester United in negotiations this past summer (in August), and it will expire in 20 months. What does all of this mean? Well, other powerful European teams are chomping at the bit to sign him. The following clubs and their managers have let on that they’d love to have the English star sign on with their clubs i.e. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, etc. However, Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) and Jose Murinho (Real Madrid) have clearly stated that they believe Rooney will re-sign at Old Trafford. Ironically enough, Rooney’s teammates have leaked to the press that he feels most strongly about a move to Manchester City due to the team’s overall quality as well as their monetary standing (currently 2nd in the table and owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, one of the wealthiest men in the world). Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich (another billionaire), will not stand by and watch without a fight. He wants to make Rooney one of the richest footballers in the world and convince him that playing for “the blues” will propel his career to the next level. Rooney is already making 9 million pounds per year in just his playing salary. Imagine Sir Alex Ferguson’s mood these last few weeks. I propose that ManU would rather accept Florentino Perez’s (of Real Madrid) offer due to the notion that having a pissed off Rooney battling against his ex-team at the top of the Premier league table may not be the most welcoming situation. But here’s my question: Is Manchester United willing to sell him to one of their top competitors in the EPL and risk Rooney becoming another Carlos Tevez (the perfect example of instant transfer success, the former Manchester United Argentine is leading the EPL with 7 goals this season at Manchester City)?
Is Wayne Rooney worth all this hassle? Let’s just say when most people think of English football (especially on the international level), the first name to come to mind is Rooney. He’s an explosive striker who tallied 34 goals in 42 games last season. Unfortunately, thus far this season, he’s managed only 1 goal in five appearances and has been battling lingering injuries (well, allegedly). So, the heart of the public relations fiasco is that he and Ferguson have disagreed throughout the first part of the season over the severity of his injuries, the role he’ll play on this year’s squad, and his overall devotion to the club. Today, Ferguson answered questions at a press conference and commented on the situation. Basically, Ferguson is upset that his star player has expressed a desire to leave under difficult circumstances and feels betrayed. Ferguson claims he’s always treated Rooney like his own son through both his professional and personal difficulties. Of course, Ferguson also blames the media.
Have Rooney’s temper and attitude (which seem to be his only weaknesses) finally come back to haunt him? He’s lead ManUnited to three straight premier league titles and has shown on the field over the span of his brilliant 8 year career that he’s dedicated to both club and sport. Can this Everton Academy prodigy get past the current feud with his beloved club? My gut says he’ll stay both in England and with Manchester United. There’s one thing that could change this. If the media continues its assault on ManU, Ferguson, and constantly puts them on the defensive by drumming up controversy, we may end up seeing Rooney on the pitch again in a few months with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in a different European country (Spain).
About the Author
Written by Timothy Ashe Jr.
Tim was born and raised in Downers Grove, IL (a suburb of Chicago). He graduated with a degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and also holds University English Language Excellence certificates. He's fluent in Spanish and teaches both English and Spanish in his spare time. He's a Real Madrid and Chicago Fire aficionado and is partial towards the EPL and LFP. His hope is that the game of soccer can continue to grow in the U.S.A. and for our men's national team to eventually win the World Cup.