Wayne Rooney’s unrest at Manchester United is again becoming an issue as the summer transfer period gets closer, with reports circulating the striker will be sold.
Rooney expressed discontent in October last year, saying he was ready to leave United and that he felt the squad was not of good enough quality. Two days later, he went back on his word and signed a reported £200,000 a week deal with United over five years.
Fans were shocked at the apparent U-turn, after Rooney had openly questioned United’s ability to attract overseas stars and continue winning trophies.
Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson both made concerted efforts to show that the 25 year old has now committed to United for the long term, however since the debacle strikers Berbatov and Hernandez, as well as winger Nani, have all scored more goals than Rooney.
News of the World is reporting that Ferguson had a disagreement with Rooney after Manchester’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, with both throwing unfavourable accusations at one another in the dressing room.
“Rooney has been moaning about the squad again, but Sir Alex has told him he should look at himself first before criticising others,” a United source said.
“Sir Alex is not pleased with the way Rooney has been playing.”
Manchester City was linked to the England striker when he talked of leaving United, prompting anger from United fans. When Rooney resigned with United, City picked up Bosnian international striker Edin Dzeko instead.
But with City striker Carlos Tevez wanting to leave the club in December last year, siting homesickness and a ‘break down’ in his relationship with cub management, there could be room for a striker in City's side. It’s also speculated that Mancini believes he can get more out of Rooney than Ferguson has over the last season.
When asked in February whether he could guarantee Tevez’s future at the club, Mancini told reporters, “I don’t know this. I’m happy for Carlos because he has scored 50 goals for Manchester City and I hope he can continue to score, but in football it is impossible to know what will happen in the future. I hope Carlos can continue to play here.”
Rooney could be the prefect replacement for the wayward striker should he continue to express his desire to leave in the summer.