The Wayne Rooney saga has been one of the longest running transfer stories of the summer so far. But I think after last night we are closer to finding out the conclusion than ever.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hasn’t been coy about wanting to sign the £40 million-rated Rooney; he’s made it blatantly apparent in the press in recent days that Rooney is his main transfer target.
He also made a valid point in noting how players in Italy drift from Inter Milan to AC Milan to Juventus without any questions being raised.
But he failed to remember that English football is built on passion and a sense of loyalty. And leaving for one of your biggest rivals is the ultimate show of disloyalty.
It was as bold of a move as you’ll see by David Moyes in starting him last night against the club who have had two bids rejected and were weighing up a third. But the decision to play him nearly paid off with Rooney producing a performance, which under the circumstances was a credit to the player.
His performance may have been aimed at Chelsea to encourage them to up their bid, or maybe towards Moyes to let his see that he is too good to be second best to Robin van Persie. Either way the England striker showed all the reasons why Chelsea want him and all the reasons why United don’t want to sell him.
In the interview with Moyes after the game he seemed rather pleased with himself considering his side had just drawn at home against one of their main league rivals, which suggest the signs shown from Rooney after the game were positive.
Moyes, who has insisted throughout the summer that Rooney would not be sold, said: "I was very pleased with his performance and I was very pleased with the reaction from the crowd.
"I think Wayne has a positive mind at the moment. I don't think he needs to change. I think his performance said enough. I think his actions showed what he thought."
All Rooney had to do was a take a look at Old Trafford when he walked out onto the pitch last night, or even listen to the home fans roar and applaud him as he came on.
Regardless of what the rumours have suggested he has said, no matter that he may have tried to push through a move to Chelsea or that he was on the verge of putting in a transfer request at one point, the Manchester United fans stuck by him last night and showed that they still want him at their club.
Surely a display of loyalty like that from the United faithful deserves a response from Wayne Rooney himself in deciding that he is going to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place like a true professional.
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