With Arsene Wenger adding further fuel to the Rooneygate fire today, Manchester United fans will be in tenter hooks until the future of their star man is sorted out. Because, make no mistake, that’s what he is – the star man. It would be easy to forget his importance to the club after such a high profile debut season from Robin van Persie.
Sure RvP is a master finisher and would improve most teams in the world. But Rooney has been the heart and soul of Manchester United for nearly a decade. Would RvP have scored that goal against Aston Villa if it wasn’t for the sublime pass of Rooney? The scouser has dragged the club through thick and thin and it’s hard to imagine Manchester United having won anywhere near as many trophies over the last 8 years had he not been around.
The reason that I would take Rooney every day of the week over RvP, is down to Rooney’s all-round game. The Dutchman has fantastic movement, takes finishing to a new level and holds the ball up beautifully. But he would have to go a long way to take Rooney’s title of Manchester United talisman. Because Rooney is just as good a striker as the Dutchman, but there is so much more to his game. Rooney is also United’s best midfielder and best defender. He puts the hard yards in for his club and doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. He shields the defence, gets back to make crucial tackles and can periodically dominate the midfield. Rooney can control a football match in a way that RvP cannot. All this from a player who is supposed to be a striker.
Manchester United would be mad to let Rooney go. Arsene Wenger has today talked about the prospect of him joining Arsenal. He told Al Jazeera
“Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?”
“David Moyes’ first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not – we will see. It will be interesting to see how that will be handled.”
David Moyes needs to get on the horn ASAP and pull out all the stops to keep Rooney. Because with Mourinho back at Chelsea and a new impetus at Manchester City, if Rooney does leave the club, you have to fear for Manchester United as the dominant force in English football.
So, our advice to David Moyes would be that if he only makes one big move this summer, it should be to extend the contract of Manchester United’s undisputed top man.