The match of the week this round is definitely between Manchester United vs Chelsea. While this early season fixture is bound to have its twist and turns, all eyes will be set on Wayne Rooney, arguably England's best player in the decade.
With Jose Mourinho assuring that the Blues will delay for a third bid until after the match against the Red Devils, this provides as the perfect platform for Rooney to prove where his loyalty stands. David Moyes has hinted that he may finally start Rooney in this game and that speculations on the former Toffees' future shall rest in this fixture.
Whether either team wins or loses, Rooney's presence is bound to attract attention from all media. All his actions, whether he celebrates goals, or tries hard to make an impression makes count for his desire to continue featuring as an Old Trafford player.
With some fans accepting the fact that 'no player is bigger than the club,' may I point out that Rooney has been an integral part of United's attack for the past 10 years. From the formidable trio between Rooney-Ruud-Ronaldo to Rooney -Tevez-Ronaldo, ever since Ronaldo left, Rooney has been United's only effective striker, with others failing to make an impression at the Theatre of Dreams (Berbatov, Macheda, Owen).
As a result, he became a go-to-man since 2010. Hence, with the arrival of RVP, having been playing as the number 1 striker all these while, anyone could understand Rooney's 'psychological defeat' in being demoted as a second-fiddle striker once more and there is no one else who could save Rooney out of this bottomless pit except for himself.
Then, there's Chelsea. With Torres being inferior to his true-self back in Liverpool and that Demba Ba only being recognised as a second-rated striker, Rooney's arrival will only mean that he gets to play as the main marksman once more. Apart from that, Chelsea's style of play requires little rotation in the team once a person plays as a striker and this certainly will be very attractive to someone of Rooney's caliber.
The only thing hindering Rooney's move is none other than United's persistence on not wanting to sell to its main rivals. Plus, with 197 goals already, Rooney is bound to be a Red Devil legend rather than just an icon (like CR7). By not making the move to Chelsea and staying at Manchester, Rooney would be a living legend - a figure United would want once Giggs decides to retire. He is bound to be Manchester United's captain in the future when the time comes.
Of course, all these is only possible if Rooney stays. Whether he will be able to dig deep and take RVP's presence as a new challenge rather than a transfer to another club as a new challenge, remains to be seen. Of course no top striker would want to play from the bench during a World Cup year.
Whether Rooney stays at Manchester United lies in this match. His run, hunger for the ball and emotions will say it all in this game as to whether he will stay or leave the squad. As for Jose's plan to delay the bid, it is only wise that he does so, as Rooney has not proven that he is worthy of a 40 million pound striker for a few months now and that this match will definitely tell Jose if Rooney is the main man he should splash the cash for.
Let the games begin.
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