Rooney: All Part Of The Plan?

Anyone who’s read this blog over the last six years or so will know I love theories. Call me cynical if you like (people often do) but there’s always a bit more to what goes on in the world of football than meets the eye – and what does go on, usually does so for a reason.

Take Frank Lampard’s contract stuff a few years back, it seemed blatantly obvious what was going on there way before pen was eventually put to very expensive paper and to an extent, there has to be a bit more to all this Wayne Rooney stuff than we really understand as well.  So here’s a thought, what if hypothetically Rooney wasn’t still supposed to be at United anyway?

Think about it, Wayne Rooney wanted to leave as far back as 2010.  The club apparently didn’t match his ambition and he went public with this opinion. Mere days later, whilst the gallows were still being erected outside Old Trafford, Rooney signs a new five year deal – and if all that seemed a bit odd, it was more bizarre still when the amount of money it was costing United became apparent.

I mean let’s be straight here, we know United pride themselves on not paying out silly money on players, both in terms of fees and wages – yet here they were going from something like £90,000 a week to anything from £180,000 to £250,000 per week to keep him, depending on which newspaper you read. What was all that about? Was the wage structure they shoved down our throats every time they had an opinion on the price of our signings suddenly going out the window? Well we know it wasn’t, so what was really going on?

Think about it this way though, the £60million deal would only cost United that much if it lasted the five years it was meant to.  Whilst Fergie would usually be wholly opposed to the sort of figures being bandied about in the press (if they were accurate), if he knew it wasn’t really costing United anything like that he would probably feel more comfortable wearing it. So, that’s the deal isn’t it (hypothetically of course) – neither of them were actually planning to see out the next five years.

Imagine it, Fergie probably always planned to retire at 20 titles, so in his own mind he was going at the end of the 2011/12 season – and would have done so if they hadn’t conceded the title to City on the last day.  As for Rooney, well he’d already fallen out of love with United – but he owed the manager. He said himself at the time “Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18.  For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one off and a genius.” Yet he knew Fergie wouldn’t go on forever, he may even have known that in a couple of seasons, he’d be going. Maybe the plan was for Fergie’s departure to coincide with his own?

Why would Alec Ferguson go to all that trouble to keep Rooney though and more to the point, why would a wantaway striker agree to hang around if his vision of the future was at odds with those of the club and its owners? Simple, Ferguson wasn’t going to have any protégé of his dare walk out because of a perceived lack of ambition, imagine that?! Any falling apart at the seams would severely hinder his ability to bring in anyone else half decent before he went and would almost certainly scupper his plans to retire with his reputation as a genius untarnished.

As for Rooney, if he’d been allowed to go when he asked, realistically the only choice open to him would have been to move to Manchester City in the January 2011 window. His missus wouldn’t have wanted a move abroad and realistically, Wayne Rooney couldn’t have seriously considered a move to the noisy neighbours as a viable career option either, no matter what was being said at the time. On the other hand though, if his options then – at the age of 24 – looked limited, the chances of them increasing five years later (assuming he agreed to stay that long) would be highly unlikely. If he agreed a decent deal though, one that had him down as one of the club’s top guns, as well as putting some serious money in the bank, might give his agent a bit more leverage for negotiation in a couple of years time.

If you look at where things stand now, United have a back-up striker on a massive salary – not an ideal situation for either club or player and one that needs addressing.  This time though, there’s no Fergie to the rescue because, as we know, he did retire at title 20 and a parting of the ways looks almost inevitable for Rooney now as well, but does this all seem a bit far-fetched? Well, so did the idea of Ronaldo leaving once (when Fergie dismissed the idea) and we all know what happened there too…….

2 Responses to “Rooney: All Part Of The Plan?”

  1. What a load of shite. You’ve got far too much time on your hands my man.

  2. I think United are just playing had to get game, I believe at of end the transfer window Rooney will leave. Rooney’s heart is not with United any more, he want to leave and Chelsea is the only better option for him now. I just pray he wears Blues Jersey come next season