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Wayne Rooney Targets Shock Move to Manchester City, Say Reports

wayne rooney man city Wayne Rooney Targets Shock Move to Manchester City, Say Reports

Is a blue moon rising for Wayne Rooney?

For Manchester United and its supporters, it was a week they would rather forget. It began on March 30, 2010 when Wayne Rooney limped off with an ankle injury after Bayern Munich scored an injury-time winner during the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. While the German players were celebrating, Rooney was helped off the field. A few days later back at Old Trafford, Chelsea eeked out a decisive 2-1 win against a Manchester United side that was feeble in attack sans the injured Rooney. And days later, to seal the fate of a dreadful week, United crashed out of the Champions League on aggregate.

Rooney started that second leg much to the surprise of everyone except for the striker and his manager. But in hindsight, Ferguson’s gutsy move backfired as Rooney took a knock midway through the first half and had to be substituted. Seeing an injured Rooney removed from the pitch was a bad omen. Things were only going to get worse.

Fast forward to October and it seems illogical that Rooney would have any animosity or grievances against Ferguson. After all, Ferguson has been patient with Rooney ever since March, allowing him time to rest at the beginning of this season and then utilizing the striker most of the season to date. When the newspaper scandal broke alleging that Rooney slept with a prostitute while his wife was pregnant, Ferguson made the wise choice of not including Rooney in the squad for the game against Everton at Goodison Park. And when Rooney last week publicly contradicted Ferguson’s story that Rooney was nursing an ankle injury, the England striker was deservedly benched from the starting line-up against West Bromwich Albion.

My question for Wayne Rooney is what has Sir Alex Ferguson done to infuriate the striker? It was Rooney who committed infidelity. It was Rooney who had a poor performance for England in the World Cup. It was Rooney who has been a second-rate player for Manchester United during recent months. Personally I don’t think Ferguson has made a wrong move during this entire situation.

Not only has Ferguson tried to help Rooney during the past six months, but it was Ferguson and Manchester United who were responsible for taking the raw talent of Rooney when he was at Everton and turning him into one of the world’s best footballers. Let’s not forget that the Rooney at Everton was a temperamental liability who was quick to lash out at players. And let us also not forget that Rooney had his problems with David Moyes. Rooney seemingly didn’t like the way that Moyes was trying to protect the player by not starting him all the time. Perhaps Rooney’s insecurity at Goodison Park has reared its ugly head again, this time at Old Trafford.

The year 2010 has been one in which Rooney has made several mistakes both on and off the pitch. But perhaps the biggest mistake he’s about to make is to leave Manchester United. If he does leave Old Trafford, I believe it’s because he’s running away from his past. The allure of a much larger pay packet may seem like it’ll paper over the cracks, but the reality is that it’s perhaps a clean slate that he’s seeking where he can start all over again and feel loved by both manager and supporters.

Manchester City seems like the logical choice for Rooney to join. Rooney’s agent may target City especially if it helps create a bidding war among other European clubs to capture his signing. But I can see Rooney in the blue shirt of City in January if United, City, Rooney and his agent can agree terms. Whether he’ll end up there, at another top European club or makes amends with Ferguson, we’ll have to wait and see. But right now, Rooney has definitely gone down a rung or two in my estimation of him. I thought he had matured but it seems that by his actions and indifference when playing this season that this is a troubled man with a strong desire to leave the club that made him into one of the best players in the world.

Even if he does join Manchester City, he has a chance to regain the faith of many of his followers by playing at the top of his game. And if City can win his signature, it’ll be the sign of another power shift from the red half to the blue half of Manchester. If both teams are still in the race near the end of the 2010-11 Premier League season, the capture of Rooney by City could propel Roberto Mancini’s team to leapfrog United and secure a Premier League title or runner’s-up place. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Not yet, at least.

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31 Responses to Wayne Rooney Targets Shock Move to Manchester City, Say Reports

  1. ManU in Korea says:

    Good riddance. This is the first time I’ve heard of him being linked to City. I would prefer to see him in Madrid, or somewhere he’s not likely to hurt us in the EPL, but frankly I just want him gone. I know he’s a great player and he’ll probably get out of this slump eventually, but I’d rather lose with a team of players I love and support than win with scum – or worse, lose with scum, as we’re doing now.

    It would take a very drastic apology and turnaround to bring Rooney back into the fold and keep him happy here. I don’t see this happening. I was happy to see such a great player on our team, but his temper was never a secret, and now his ego seems to be getting out of control. Get him out, get a load of money for him, and hope that the Glazers let us use it to bring in a new signing or two.

    • Matthew Reed says:

      I think the only signing the Galzers would do from a deal is to the creditors.

    • Q says:

      Rooney actually has the ability to buy out the last year of his contract for 5 million pounds, Man U won’t be making any money out of him leaving.

      • Andrew says:

        Not until the summer. Furthermore, he’s set to make more money from grabbing a percentage of a mega transfer than buying out his own contract and going for free. Either way he’ll end up with the mammoth wages he wants.

        • Q says:

          You’re daft. Assuming Rooney will get the standard 10% of his transfer fee (which hasn’t been so standard lately) how much would he even cost? Even if it was the outrageous Ronaldo pricetag of 80 mil (and that’d be a joke) Rooney and his agent would only receive 8 mil. Surely you don’t believe they couldn’t get a signing bonus of more than that? Rooney’s agent will be telling him to negotiate as a free agent as he stands to make more than double that of a percentage of a transfer fee.

  2. SantaClaus says:

    I wouldn’t read too much in this latest so-called bust-up between Fergie and Rooney. Rooney will still be with United after January. Don’t be surprised if this episode doesn’t push United to start a winning streak and challenge Chelsea for the title. Fergie is very good at exploiting such episodes in getting his team to play better. While everyone is writing and commenting about how United will become weaker if Rooney leaves, the team might just prove that they are not a one-man team and show their worth by playing better and winning. Fergie will use this media blitz to challenge his team to start winning more regularly.

    The only way I can see Rooney leaving United is if he is still being plagued by his peronal life. Then I can see him leaving to go play in La Liga (most likely destination) or Serie A. Otherwise, he’s staying.

    • TheFacts says:

      “Then I can see him leaving to go play in La Liga (most likely destination)” How did u come to this conclusion? His Mrs wont go abroad and leave a sick relative and Rooney is not really in the position to give her an ultimatum besides he said himself he doesnt even want to move south nevermind moving abroad. Real Madrid have already said they dont want him so many times, hes a City player in january Utd have no future and when Sir Alex calls it a day its game over.

  3. tonyspeed says:

    if rooney goes to city, he will become the most hated player in manchester united history.

  4. Matthew Reed says:

    I think the whole story is calculated garbage that is coming from the Rooney camp. I honestly don’t believe the intention is to leave Old Trafford, I think it is a negotiating ploy to get MUFC to pony up a more compelling contract proposal.

    If Shrek really wanted to leave and wanted a big payday, wouldn’t December 18 or January 18 make more sense than October 18? To maximize value, you would want the suitors to have as little time as possible to research true market value and tangible competitors for Roo’s services. There can be a LOT of logical thought and research before the transfer window opens. This would lead to a less emotional and more realistic value.

    Wayne is in the worst stretch of his career with many games logged, form is at an all time low and he is now a tabloid target. His value has never been lower and you would want to make a move like this when the value is higher, wouldn’t you?

    Camp Rooney knew that the tabloids and punditry would make a HUGE deal out of this and would cause a lot of attention presuming this would put pressure to get a deal done.

    Finally, I think this was a negotiating ploy and one that will likely backfire. SAF has a long history of resisting these types of tactics and I think it was very telling that he did not make any comment at all at yesterday’s press conference. It will be interesting how much gametime Rooney will get to work out of his slump. Calling the gaffer a liar is a very risky move that often does not help a cause.

    I think that we will look back at this as a massive negotiating blunder.

    • TheFacts says:

      I doubt u will be saying the same thing in Jan more likely we will remember u as a massive internet blunder. Sir Alex has said it himself he’s leaving, and AF he’s lost the pull of players wanting to play for him, he could retire at anytime ..Utd in debt selling their best players then replacing them with what i would call Aston Villa/Everton/standard of players no disrespect to those teams but this is meant to be “The biggest club in the world” He should go soon or risk doing a Brian Clough. The Team of Ronaldo Rooney Tevez was Fergies last great team. Great manager but things are looking bleak

      • Matthew Reed says:

        LMAO!!

        I marked my outlook calendar for January to revisit this thread, we will see.

        I do think it is poor advice to do this today, if you really want to leave in January for the reason provided above, we will see in a few months.

        It’s obvious your are not a United supporter but I am hoping you are not aligned with the sky blues either.

        Nice Clough reference though, I gave you a thumbs up entirely on that!!

        • JustMeAgain says:

          Yeah to tell u the truth i cant wait to see what happens i can see Utd possibly getting Edin Dzeko if Steve McClaren is feeling nostalgic and still has a bit of love for Sir Alex. I hope it doesnt get to the point where everyone knows he’s lost it but everyone has too much respect to tell him saying that,Utd are not exactly in Liverpools position either. Im a City fan but i can appreciate the skills of Sir Alex even if he has ruined most of my life lol

        • MAtthew Reed says:

          well, It is January and I would have to believe that I am not an internet blunder. The Rooney situation was an obvious ploy for another contract.

          I do however wonder, if SAF feels they didnt need to cave. Without Rooney, they are still very good and to be honest, are a bit more dangerous now because the focus of the offense is spread out.

  5. Sir Guy says:

    We don’t need to get too crazed by the hype, but why would City want Rooney? So they could thumb their noses at United? So he could screw up a team that really seems to be coming together?

    City are smarter than that, surely.

    • Q says:

      Tevez would enjoy a top talent partner to play off of and Rooney plays better that way as well. It would actually make a bit of sense.

      • Matthew Reed says:

        To be honest, I think Balotelli would be a better fit for that role. He is younger and his game suits dual striker system more. Not that Wazza is old but he does have some miles and seems to perform much better as lone striker. I would rather have Super Mario up there with Tevez.

  6. Ed says:

    So he screws up his personal life, struggles profesionally and wants to leave? No problem. You had to figure he was always going to be something of a flash in the pan, what with his periodic weight issues, his smoking and drinking and mood swings. And any club with an unhappy player is going to be better off without him anyway, long term. My feeling is he has already peaked. And if this is just a contract negotiating scam, his timing reallly couldn’t be worse, could it?

    So long, Wayne; it was entertaining while it lasted.

  7. Ed says:

    Sorry but I’ve never been really convinced by Rooney — he always seemed like the proverbial flash in the pan, what with his periodic weight issues, his smoking and drinking and volatile mood swings. Now he gets into trouble and thinks leaving will make it all better. But his real problems are going to follow him wherever he goes, until he decides to deal with them.

    Any club with an unhappy player is going to be better off without him long term. And if this is just a contract ploy, his timing really couldn’t be worse, could it?

    • TheFacts says:

      The superb loyalty of United fans on display here ,a flash in the pan haha he’s been carrying u lot since ronaldo signed for a big club with a future

  8. TheFacts says:

    United remind me of an aging Mike Tyson great history but not got it anymore

  9. BBC says:

    He’s a fine player by United’s standards, but he wouldn’t start for City. . . He’d probably be a spot starter for the FA cup side, but that’s it

    • JustMeAgain says:

      Stick him in the club shop we could do with an extra pair of hands or he could carry the kit and set out the half time drinks

  10. brn442 says:

    NESV can be mischievous and announce themselves by offering a mega bid to bring him to Anfield. Man U will never sell him to the reds of course but it would be fun trying.

  11. I want to be a writer says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have spent a lot of time talking Manchester City these past two years. Time to turn the tables…

    The ageing rags old school increasingly have the look of a spent force with Edwin Wanders Far, Tiny Tim Owen and Count-out Hargreaves (The English Patient) following the trend.

    Long gone are the days where completely unchallenged, united spent £13 million on new players in the summer of 1989 and broke transfer records repeatedly after that. Now that has got to hurt, and tonight’s reference by the Manchester united Supporters Trust to City being a ‘small club’ in the time honoured smugfest traditions of webzines United We Stand And Red Issue has more than a hint of tragedy about it.

    Already faced with their worst nightmare in a resurgent Manchester City that just won’t go away, the frustrated rags have been wobbling, but today’s public confession from Taggart that their third talisman in a row is ready to leave the stratospherically debt ridden club leaves them in hopeless disarray with media vultures now engulfing their whole misfiring shooting match.

    Hacks agreed today that Ferguson looked crestfallen as he revealed the story of how an obviously unfit for duty Wayne Rooney is holding out for more money. 69 years old this year, surely the man who brought unrivalled success to Stretford must have seen the iceberg coming when Our Malcolm and his lads dodgily took over the club in a gargantuan mistake that led to a Delia Smith Norwich scarf revival.

    Ferguson could have done one on a high but memories of the previously brilliant Nottingham Forest on-field implosion under a tragically stayed on too long Brian Clough now spring to mind.

    For so long they prized Wayne Rooney as a shining light. Rushed back too early from injury repeatedly and asked to carry their side the rags told us he was a cut above and beyond the ‘mercenaries’ they’d previously said would never join liddle ciddy the way 36 goal Carlos Tevez did.

    Now Rooney’s position is surely untenable having announced he won’t sign his contract and wants to leave the club.

    A no win situation for any pontificating rag. Either he wants more money and with his agent is trying to engineer it, or wants a new challenge that cannot be afforded at Old Trafford anymore. Take your pick.

    The winter and heavy pitches are fast approaching and without the benefit of the etsablished quality youth thriving throughout the Manchester City side in all departments, Ferguson’s non-reinforced squad looks suddenly to have a very real vulnerability about it.

    On today’s evidence, one wonders whether Taggart has the motivation, or the inclination to handle the likes of modern day ‘mercenaries’ like united’s favourite scouser anymore. His ‘we’ll leave the door open’ sounded as desperate as his team selection for the League Cup derbies earlier this year.

    The 10th of November at Eastlands can’t come around quick enough.

    • Matthew Reed says:

      Excellent read! Well done.

      This really summed it up…

      “A no win situation for any pontificating rag. Either he wants more money and with his agent is trying to engineer it, or wants a new challenge that cannot be afforded at Old Trafford anymore. Take your pick.”

  12. Lab Partner says:

    That Manchester United finds themselves at this particular crossroads with one single player making the difference between the team being Champions League contenders or just a top ten Premier League team says plenty about the Glazers’ ownership.

  13. Sir Guy says:

    “Taggart”…..classic. :-)

  14. Vious says:

    It makes sense.

    I doubt Ferg feels threatened by City even with Rooney

    He wont let him go to Chelsea to bolster an already nice lineup

  15. unknown soldier says:

    you all seem to forget=
    the 25 man squad rule Do man city need someone like Rooney and if so who is going to get dropped so he can play in the 25 man line up

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