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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Manchester United: Has Rooney lost his senses by staying on at United?

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If Press reports are to be believed, Wayne Rooney is about to commit his future to Manchester United in a deal worth £300,000 a week.

But has the England international turned down the opportunity to become a true football great by opting to remain at Old Trafford?

A few years ago Rooney threatened to leave the Premier League champions because of a lack of talent at the club. A new contract worth £250,000 convinced him that the club shared his ambition. However, under David Moyes United are a shadow of the team that romped home to the title last season. Although they've smashed their transfer record to bring Juan Mata to the club United are in danger of missing out on Europe altogether let alone the top four.

Rooney 2013Rooney could play for any team in the world. The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with him over the past 12 months while Barcelona and Real Madrid have also casted admiring glances in his direction over the years.

At 28 Rooney should be playing on the biggest stage of them all. Winning trophies and personal accolades. Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs on the planet, but they are a team in transition and David Moyes still has it all to prove as manager. Rooney could end up wasting his prime years at Old Trafford.

Obviously the club are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Rooney. He is their most important player and he has the potential to attract the best players to the club. He also has Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record in his sights. But is it  that what is keeping Rooney at Old Trafford or is it the fat wedge he'll be picking up each week?

Rooney could easily go to Spain and rub shoulders with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo. Instead he could waste his prime years in a team alongside Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini!

It has been suggested that Rooney could be given the captain's armband and be informed of all transfer dealings in order to keep him at the club, making the old adage that no one player is bigger than the club redundant. But these are exceptional circumstances. United are in no position to lose their biggest asset. They will do all it takes to keep him, but will Rooney's faith in the club be repaid in honours?

Some pundits believe Rooney owes it to the club to stay put. They paid Everton £24m a decade ago and gave him a platform to play at the highest level and win trophies galore. But it could be argued that Rooney would have achieved that wherever he played.

When Rooney was kicking a ball about on Merseyside 20 years ago I'm sure his main dream was to win trophies, not money. But it looks as though his priorities may have altered over the years. 

Rooney will go down as one of the best players England have ever produced and write his name in Manchester United history, but could he miss out on fulfilling his true potential to help rebuild United?

Calling all Manchester United fans: Are you happy to pay Rooney £300k a week to stay at Old Trafford? Do you think he can get United back to winning ways? Has Rooney become bigger than the club? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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