Thursday, October 21, 2010
When I first read the news that Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United, I was hardly surprised. After all, the man has done that before. At a tender age of 18, he ditched Everton for the best club in the country at that time, Manchester United. So yes, he has done it before and should it be a surprise that he is ready to say goodbye to a club on the decline?
What was more surprising was the obvious vulnerability shown by Sir Alex Ferguson. That was really poignant for me. Never before had a player leaving been that heartbreaking for a man who has seen it all and won it all. Fergie was clearly hurt by Rooney's insistence to leave Old Trafford. In Manchester United, no one player was bigger than the club but in my opinion, Rooney came very close to being an iconic symbol of United. Every season, Rooney's performances and heart have mirrored that of United's legendary manager and these two could have been seen as kindred spirits. As such, for Rooney to turn away from United is a stab in the back for the Scot - something Fergie is not used to experiencing.
Can Rooney be adequately replaced? Needless to say, United's flagship player's decision has left a sense of panic within the ranks in Manchester United. There will obviously be a need to improve a gradual lack of quality players. Rooney's decision to leave may be driven by self-greed but his leaving will allow United to rebuild a declining squad.
There is a new order in the Barclays Premier League....the Premiership is still being contested by four clubs, except the Big Four are now Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.....first Liverpool, now Manchester United.
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