On Thursday morning at 10am UK time, Manchester United chief executive David Gill will sit down with Sir Alex Ferguson and will discuss what they plan on doing with Wayne Rooney. Unless the striker has a change of heart at the last minute, which is extremely doubtful, Rooney will presumably either be sold in the January transfer window or suspended. Whether we’ll find out what the decision is, we don’t know. But what we do know is that clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all expressed an interest in Rooney if the striker is made available for sale.
When you think about it, it’s incredible to consider how quickly someone like Rooney can turn from the club’s hero to a zero. I wouldn’t be surprised if most Manchester United supporters would say “Good riddance” if Rooney was sold. After all, Rooney has broken the trust of the United supporters by his actions and his words. If he truly was a Red Devil, he would soldier on. He already is making an obscene amount of money at Old Trafford, so what’s the point of making even more money when he has enough for life already?
The backlash against Rooney is already evident at Old Trafford. In Wednesday night’s Champions League match, banners were unfurled which read “Who’s the whore now Wayne?” and “Coleen forgave you, we won’t.” For one of the best Manchester United players to get that type of anger says a lot about how Rooney has upset the United faithful.
The best thing that Rooney could do right now would be to put his tail between his legs and apologize to Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson and the United supporters. That would take a man to do that, so I don’t expect Rooney to ask for forgiveness. Instead, he’ll stubbornly move forward with his aim of leaving United, to “stick it to Ferguson.” The sad fact is that Rooney has the best thing going in football right now. He has a guaranteed starting spot as long as his form improves. And he has the adoration of Manchester United supporters around the world, but that is hanging by a thread.
While all of the attention will be on Thursday’s meeting between Ferguson and Gill to see what the outcome is, let’s hope for the sake of Wayne Rooney and the Premier League that the striker realizes the cataclysmic mistake he’s making and returns to Old Trafford. It’s the best move he could make.