Yeah this is definitely news I wanted to hear.
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney wants to quit Manchester United.
The Old Trafford boss admitted he was “shocked” and “disappointed” to hear the news but said he had not fallen out with the 24-year-old England striker.
“We are as bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave,” said the Scot.
Ferguson said the “door is still open” for Rooney, who will miss Wednesday’s Champions League game with Bursaspor after being carried off in training.
Rooney’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the last few days following reports that he was not prepared to sign a new contract.
His current deal is due to finish at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.
In an interview with MUTV filmed before he spoke to the media, Ferguson said United chief executive David Gill had told him about Rooney’s decision not to sign a new contract back in the summer.
Fantastic. Just a few months ago he was touted as the best striker in world football and now after a wretched summer and an even worse start to the season Wayne Rooney wants to leave. This is exactly the type of thing that had to be put out in the middle of a season in which we can’t hold onto leads for crap. I don’t know what’s up with him but clearly he is in neither the physical nor mental state to play at the level he played last season. The ankle injury suffered in Munich was probably the start of his downfall. It would be devastating to lose him as you can’t just write off a 24-year-old, especially with our striking depth, which is hardly deep. It’s unfortunate that his tenure had to end this way and come January 2011 he’s certain to go, but that said….
If he joins Manchester City I’d boo him without hesitation. I hate hate hate it when long-tenured players willingly join their club’s biggest rival. But I guess now in this day in age club pride has taken a backseat to “Who can pay me the most money?”. In the same way Packers fans booed (and will boo) Brett Favre for joining the Vikings, I’d pretty much hope Rooney doesn’t succeed at City and hope he turns into a craptacular bust.
The drama has only begun and frankly I am bracing for impact of a possible disaster. Let’s see if Sir Alex goes after a replacement striker because to me this is highly necessary with the news broken today. Dmitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez are not good enough to man the striking corp by themselves. Not to say they’re bad players, in fact they’re both good, but Manchester United have to replace a world-class striker with a world-class striker and not someone who can do enough to get the job done.