Wayne Rooney was one of the headlines of this summer. His will-he won't-he saga with Chelsea left many a United fan so annoyed at the volume of press stories as to wish for his departure. Ultimately he didn't leave - and what a decision that has been.
Even in what can safely be called a failure of a transfer window at this point, keeping Rooney at the team was one of the best pieces of business that United possibly could have done. He's already scored seven goals this season and has eclipsed Van Persie as United's star performer.
However, there seems to be a renewed passion with which the football world is calling for Rooney to leave Manchester United. Sure, his saga is a disruptive one to the team, but where would the team be without him?
While the "Moyes disaster" has been blown out of proportion, there is no doubt that Rooney is carrying the team. Although he came into the season unfit and angry, he seems to have picked up a good bout of form as of late.
I don't think it's a coincidence that Wayne has stepped up in Van Persie's dry spell. In the year following Ronaldo's departure, Rooney really proved himself as a world class talent. Ever since then he has had this weird pattern of having one stellar season and one disappointing one. He's due a stellar season.
Rooney is arguably the most dynamic player in the Premier League. Sure he may not have the ability to glide past players like a Robin Van Persie or Eden Hazard, but Rooney can excel in any position on the field - even defence.
The frequency with which Rooney actually tracks back is comparable to that of a cover midfielder - yet he still find the time to have an impact on the other side of the field as well. There are very few strikers, if any, that can play a forty yard pass perfectly ten times in a row.
Rooney is the best link between the defence and the midfield in the Premier League and one of the best in the world. Even Kagawa, no matter how good he is can fully take over the multitude of roles that Wayne occupies in the team.
Rooney's fundamental problem has been one of attitude and Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be tough on anyone who has the "bigger than the club" mentality. What Rooney needs right now is a little love. He used to be the star man at United but Van Persie has taken that role from him. Rooney still has age on his side though and he has proved in the past that he can be just as good as Van Persie. Letting him go, especially to a title rival like Chelsea, would be suicide.
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