Wayne Rooney etched himself into Manchester United history just a couple of weeks ago, as he became the Red Devils’ all-time top goal scorer. The 31-year-old’s form has deteriorated drastically recently, but should the club let him leave the North West this summer?
The Manchester United and England captain will always live long in the memories of the Old Trafford faithful, due to his fearlessness as a teenager, and the way he led the line so expertly for around a decade. However, over the last few seasons, things have really slowed up for ‘Wazza’ and you feel his age is catching up with him.
For all of the good he has done at the Theatre of Dreams, the fans will never forget that time he tried to walk away from Sir Alex Ferguson, titles and glory, in aid of more money at Manchester City. Thankfully, the move didn’t go through, but that’ll always tarnish his legacy somewhat.
There were reports linking Wayne Rooney with a big-money switch to China during the January transfer window but that didn’t happen. As a huge red myself, I’m delighted that he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record, but I was quite upset that the club didn’t move him on shortly after. Now, I feel when the summer comes around he has to be sold.
Be it to the Chinese Super League, another club in Europe or even a Premier League side like Everton, I just don’t see Jose Mourinho keeping hold of Wayne Rooney beyond the summer.
I’d like to see him go back to the club he loves so much; Everton. The Toffees are playing great right now, and Ronald Koeman has them set up brilliantly. Wayne Rooney going home would be perfect for the fans, himself and his family. He’d have to take a rather sizeable pay cut, but let’s be honest, he’s not exactly short of a bob or two.
He slows up the play, can barely control a ball first time and he just doesn’t look at the races at all. Somehow, he is still getting regular opportunities in matches, but I firmly believe that’s sentiment from Jose Mourinho; because Rooney has given so much glory to Manchester United.
On top of that, he’s on absolutely colossal wages. Recently, Wayne has been utilised as a super-sub (which isn’t working by the way), and what’s the point in having close to £300,000-a-week rotting on the bench? You may as well just burn it given the recent on-field contribution. Surely, a man with an eye for quality play like Jose Mourinho could spend that money much more wisely? He got each of his four summer deals absolutely spot on, so I’d say so.
At this point in time, I’m firmly of the opinion that the striker has less than five months to prove his worth to the manager – and he better act quickly. I highly doubt they’ll be a shortage of options for Wayne Rooney come the summer, and I sincerely hope he realises it’s time to move elsewhere and end a glittering stay upon Salford Quays.