He is one of the best players for one of the best teams in the world. Not only is he the club's joint highest paid player, but he is also one of the football's top 20 earners.
Wayne Rooney demanded to leave in October 2011 and the fans somehow forgave him. He was underwhelming last season as well, but nobody called for him to be dropped.
Rooney is an icon of Manchester United and a good bet to be the top scorer by the time he retires if he stays on. He is no doubt an incredible player, but no one player can be bigger than the club. Rooney really doesn't have that much to complain about.
Rooney once demanded that United start being more ambitious in their signing of big name players. Never mind that he was questioning the workings of a club that has won more Premier League titles than all others combined, but he had the nerve to attack the club's core - the manager.
Nothing other than cold hard irony could do justice to the fact that the very signings he called for - the marquee ones that showed ambition and intent - are the ones that caused him to contemplate leaving.
There are few other strikers who can pick out a sixty-yard pass and maintain the work rate of a box to box midfielder. Three years ago, after Rooney had dismantled a spineless AC Milan side, people were ranking him above his old team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and putting him on par with Lionel Messi. It's been a long fall from grace since those heydays for Rooney. An underwhelming World Cup and a five-month streak without a goal from open play passed before Rooney once again regained his scoring touch.
Rooney needs to get his head in order. Sir Alex Ferguson and the United staff made him the world class player he is today.
Rooney and United were made for each other and I have no doubt in my mind that Rooney, even in second gear, would walk into the current United side.
His versatility is one of his greatest assets - he can be played up front, on the wings, in the center, or even, as he demonstrated against Barcelona in 2009 - in left back. Rooney plays football with a passion only comparable to that of a schoolboy kicking the ball for the first time. He has managed to turn that love into a career of the highest order - one that allows a child who grew up in rags in Liverpool to own a multimillion dollar mansion.
Rooney is a great player, but throwing away a career United is the worst decision he could possibly make. Rooney needs to understand that he isn't holding the cards here. He needs Man Utd more than they need him. The decision is now in his hands - it's up to him not to throw away his career.
United are as good as it gets and he needs to recognize that. Turning away Chelsea was a good career move on Rooney's part. Even the fans seem to have forgiven him. The storm seems to have settled, but another false move on Rooney's part could dismantle his career.
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