As the transfer season is nearing, rumours of Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United have arisen.
It's argued by some that Rooney is not the player he used to be and indeed was tipped to be. However his performance in a different role other than the usual striker position has shown more of an improvement. For example in the game between Manchester United and Aston Villa, his assist to Van Persie from United’s half was one of the best seen this year. This obviously highlighted by the volley Van Persie achieved.
Rooney’s vision with the ball and passing abilities along with Carrick’s pass completion rate have been what has kept the Red Devils dangerous this season and with 13 assists this season it’s starting to show that he may be there for assisting the strikers more than being the striker himself.
However Rooney has been getting the goals this season with 16 over all competitions to his name. This shows that there is still the striker in him but could be argued that he could be more suited to the attacking midfield position more.
With Rooney’s goals this season it can be said that a few have been from him chasing the ball up, getting into the box and getting that little one touch that’s needed to put it into the back of the net. This is still being a striker although when the counter attacks comes from the opposition, Rooney is the player who gets back and defends well, allowing for a possible successful defence.
This all shows that when Rooney has a fellow striker on the pitch he can be suited better for a secondary striker with the abilities of a midfielder.
So what is to say he will stay though? With Van Persie and Chicharito as strong strikers alongside a midfield of Carrick and Kagawa, will there still be a place for him in the Manchester United setup? Furthermore if rumours come reality, the return of Ronaldo could cause issue with Rooney being selected for a starting eleven spot.
If in this summer Manchester United does see the departure of Rooney, it will be a great loss for the club. The club will miss the presence that comes with the name along with a solid attacking midfielder that would easily complement the likes of Van Persie and possibly Ronaldo again.
He is a player that always wants the best for the club and the passion Rooney gives in every game regardless of possible off form days is more than expected of a top class player in the Premier League.
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