Wayne Rooney Wants to Leave Manchester United

Shrek's probably gone, but will we end up replacing him with Donkey?

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.



2 thoughts on “Wayne Rooney Wants to Leave Manchester United

  1. canadiansportsfan

    The thing that really bothers me about this (and pro-athletes in general) is that in the middle of their contracts that can just decide that they want to play somewhere else. This is very much true of European football, as well as North American sports to a lesser extect (ex. holdouts in the NFL, Heatley demanding a trade from the Senators etc). If Rooney wanted to leave at the end of his contract and even go to Manchester City at that time, then I’d be fine with that, but the fact that he is signed for another 18 months and wants out now bothers me.

    I could understand if he wanted out of England because of all the press he has got because of the scandal, but since he didn’t want to re-sign in August, it seems that isn’t the issue at all. I’m just as puzzled as everyone else, United are a top club in England and Europe, have one of the most likeable managers and he had never seemed unhappy until this season.


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