Wayne Rooney: Present Perfect, Future Tense

02 May 0

Wayne Rooney has informed Sir Alex Ferguson that he does not wish to stay on at Manchester United. Rooney is said to have had differences of opinion with the team manager, recently. Rooney’s decision to leave the club could have an adverse effect on the performance of the club in the ongoing Premiership season.I strongly suggest you to visit the full report¬†to learn more about this.

According to the contract Rooney signed when he left Everton for Manchester United, the striker has to stay with the club till the end of the 2011-12 season. That is just 20 months away. From a purely commercial angle, the timing of Rooney’s announcement wouldn’t suit his club, especially as the player is in bad form.

The Old Trafford squad does not gain anything by hanging on to a reluctant player. Additionally, with relatively little time to run on his contract, Rooney would not fetch his club the large transfer fee that he might otherwise bring, as any other club interested in recruiting Rooney might prefer to wait for his current contract to end. At that stage, the player would become a free agent, and the prospective recruiter would not have to pay a cent to the earlier owner.

All along, Rooney had been stressing that he was not interested in leaving Manchester or playing for a non-English club. But circumstances have changed and his decision reflects just that.

Rooney’s relationship with his manager is said to have soured following adverse tabloid attention to his private life, in addition to his poor form, recently. Sir Alex is also perceived to have taken a tough stance with the star player who has emerged as United’s talisman in the last five years.

Manchester United’s most successful manager of all time cited an ankle injury while keeping Rooney out of the first eleven in some matches. Rooney revealed recently that he did not have any ankle injury, and had attended every training session.

Rooney has not scored a goal in open play for seven months since achieving the feat in the champions league in March against Bayern Munich. This is the worst form slump in the career of a player who was expected by supporters to take the torch from older players such as Scholes and Giggs to keep the club’s flame burning.