Henry Winter’s article in the Telegraph Sport is something that Wayne Rooney should read.
Winter asserts that Rooney needs to forget his ‘nonsensical’ fixation with ‘old skirmishes’ with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Indeed, Wayne Rooney is a player who is not known for thinking things through. You only have to look at a number of spontaneous outbursts of anger that have resulted in several red cards for United and England over the course of his career to realise that.
Of course, Rooney has had more thinking time afforded to him than one gets during a fiery on-pitch altercation. However, the general consensus is that Rooney will have nothing to gain from leaving Manchester United. Instead, he has everything to lose.
Rooney is someone who more often than not has a slightly ‘off day’. In the past season, he was not consistent for United and most likely will not be consistent for Chelsea.
It appears that the days of him being ‘unplayable’ on a regular basis are firmly behind him. If Rooney is unhappy with not starting and coming off early in games at United, he will be far less happy at Chelsea if things don’t go his way.
Look at Rooney’s potential competition at Chelsea; a seemingly reinvigorated Fernando Torres is raring to go in the coming season. Additionally, Romelu Lukaku had a stunning season at West Brom and will be itching to prove himself to Jose Mourinho; he has already shown what he can do during Chelsea’s preseason. Demba Ba is also a proven goal scorer and will be pushing hard to get involved.
Roman Abramovich will not stand around watching Rooney not perform for Chelsea. Without hesitation, another striker will be brought in and in a year’s time, Rooney could find himself not wanted by Chelsea and most probably, United would not want him back either.
Due to his physique, Rooney is not a player who is expected to play at the top-level much beyond his early thirties. At United, an ageing Rooney would most probably still be valued; Giggs' and Scholes' career lay testament to that notion.
At Chelsea however, a 33-year-old Wayne Rooney would find himself with a run-down contract and nowhere to go; it took an almighty effort from Frank Lampard – Chelsea’s still-performing, all time leading goal scorer – to secure a new contract. He most probably would not have got it if not for the re-emergence of Jose Mourinho in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
One of the issues apparently on Rooney’s mind is next year’s Brazil World Cup. From this point of view, it may be sensible for Rooney to move on. However, as Sir Alex Ferguson said last season in reference to the substitution of Rooney in matches, ‘Rooney in top form would not have been taken off.’ Consequently, if Rooney plays well and proves that he is still a phenomenal player who can perform consistently, there is surely no reason why he will not start games at United.
Robin Van Persie is not invincible. He is also liable to dips in form, as we saw towards the end of last season. It must also be pointed out that Van Persie has just turned 30, he is more than two years older than Wayne Rooney. If Rooney commits himself to his fitness and his Old Trafford future, there is no reason why he cannot regain the position of first choice striker.
Also worth mentioning; Rooney is just 53 goals off Bobby Charlton in the all-time goal scorer’s list at United. He can smash that record and become a true great at Old Trafford; his future is in his hands.
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