Wayne Rooney – Should He Stay Or Go?
March 27, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process.

He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die.

When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is in his career and what he thinks is left to do at Old Trafford, he’ll obviously make a decision that works for him and his family. Before he makes that decision however, we’re going to have a look from an objective view and give our opinion on what Rooney’s next career move should be.

Manchester is Home

Old Trafford Stadium, inside

Manchester United has been Wayne Rooney’s stomping ground for the last 13 years. His arrival in 2004 at 18 years of age for just over £25 million was immediately justified when he exploded in his debut for a hat-trick against Fenerbahce, and he has been scoring goals for the Red Devils ever since. His 250 goals for United mean that Rooney will always be considered one of, if not the, greatest striker in the history of Manchester United.

As current captain, Rooney has undoubtedly been a leader to younger strikers in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the last season and a half. He is a talisman and an icon within the club, and a sign of leadership in the dressing room, which is especially important during a time of transition for United.

5 Premier League titles, an FA Cup, 3 League Cups, and that ever-elusive Champions League title only serve to further persuade Rooney to stay on and continue to build his collection of medals.

Bench Warmer

Bench Warmer

However, Rooney’s scoring form has dipped in the past couple, with only 10 goals since the beginning of the 2015/16 season. Before that season, Rooney had never failed to score at least double digits in league goals every year. Combining all of his minutes played together, Rooney has played under 20 full games for United this season, with Martial, Rashford and, most importantly, Zlatan Ibrahimović being preferred over the former Evertonian.

Rooney has seen his play time decrease heavily since last season, and may want to use the final few years of his career as a player actually, you know, playing. A player with a career containing such highlights may not want to end it with a bit-part role.

Money Talks

money-talks

Rooney has said before that he intends to see out the end of his United contract, which is worth between £250,000 and £300,000 – before tax, the poor players get taxed so badly – per week until 2019. That equates to another 2 seasons for Wayne at United, most likely being spent on the bench. Up to £300,000 a week to sit on the bench sounds like a pretty sweet deal, especially knowing he could retire at the age of 33 and live more than comfortably on his earnings for the rest of his life.

When you compare that salary to the highest paid player in the MLS, Kaka, it looks obvious where he should be. Kaka earns £5.34m ($6.66m) a year, a measly £100,000 a week. It simply makes sense for Rooney to stay away from the MLS.
A move to China, however, could be a different kettle of fish altogether. Four of the world’s ten highest paid players play in China, including Rooney’s former teammate Carlos Tevez, the highest paid player on Earth. Perhaps a final big payday could convince Wayne Rooney to leave, regardless of the culture difference. The move could be massive for the Chinese Super League and if Rooney can match Tevez’s wage of over £615,000 a week, there’s a strong chance China could be his next destination.

Reputation

reputation

Wayne Rooney has been known as one of the world’s best strikers for years, and even in his declining years can still be considered a dangerous player to leave unmarked. For him personally, it may be too much of a blow to his reputation to move to China or the US for a few seasons, no matter how much he’s being paid.

Rooney is a proud individual, and isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve on the pitch. A player that plays with his emotion may not see anywhere else but either United or Everton as the place to end his illustrious career. Massive doubts would exist over Everton’s willingness to pay Rooney’s wages given his age, but if he leaves United at all before his career ends, Everton may end up being his swansong.

Wayne Rooney has no doubt been a fantastic player for Manchester United over the past decade or so, and his accomplishments should never be overlooked. But looking at his future career, there aren’t many options that will suit him. He’ll want to be a mainstay and starter at United, but the competition for places is fierce, and it seems as though the only way he’ll get regular playing time is at another club. It’s really up to Rooney himself to decide.

Dean Fitzgerald
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Wayne Rooney – Should He Stay Or Go?
March 27, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process.

He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die.

When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is in his career and what he thinks is left to do at Old Trafford, he’ll obviously make a decision that works for him and his family. Before he makes that decision however, we’re going to have a look from an objective view and give our opinion on what Rooney’s next career move should be.

Manchester is Home

Old Trafford Stadium, inside

Manchester United has been Wayne Rooney’s stomping ground for the last 13 years. His arrival in 2004 at 18 years of age for just over £25 million was immediately justified when he exploded in his debut for a hat-trick against Fenerbahce, and he has been scoring goals for the Red Devils ever since. His 250 goals for United mean that Rooney will always be considered one of, if not the, greatest striker in the history of Manchester United.

As current captain, Rooney has undoubtedly been a leader to younger strikers in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the last season and a half. He is a talisman and an icon within the club, and a sign of leadership in the dressing room, which is especially important during a time of transition for United.

5 Premier League titles, an FA Cup, 3 League Cups, and that ever-elusive Champions League title only serve to further persuade Rooney to stay on and continue to build his collection of medals.

Bench Warmer

Bench Warmer

However, Rooney’s scoring form has dipped in the past couple, with only 10 goals since the beginning of the 2015/16 season. Before that season, Rooney had never failed to score at least double digits in league goals every year. Combining all of his minutes played together, Rooney has played under 20 full games for United this season, with Martial, Rashford and, most importantly, Zlatan Ibrahimović being preferred over the former Evertonian.

Rooney has seen his play time decrease heavily since last season, and may want to use the final few years of his career as a player actually, you know, playing. A player with a career containing such highlights may not want to end it with a bit-part role.

Money Talks

money-talks

Rooney has said before that he intends to see out the end of his United contract, which is worth between £250,000 and £300,000 – before tax, the poor players get taxed so badly – per week until 2019. That equates to another 2 seasons for Wayne at United, most likely being spent on the bench. Up to £300,000 a week to sit on the bench sounds like a pretty sweet deal, especially knowing he could retire at the age of 33 and live more than comfortably on his earnings for the rest of his life.

When you compare that salary to the highest paid player in the MLS, Kaka, it looks obvious where he should be. Kaka earns £5.34m ($6.66m) a year, a measly £100,000 a week. It simply makes sense for Rooney to stay away from the MLS.
A move to China, however, could be a different kettle of fish altogether. Four of the world’s ten highest paid players play in China, including Rooney’s former teammate Carlos Tevez, the highest paid player on Earth. Perhaps a final big payday could convince Wayne Rooney to leave, regardless of the culture difference. The move could be massive for the Chinese Super League and if Rooney can match Tevez’s wage of over £615,000 a week, there’s a strong chance China could be his next destination.

Reputation

reputation

Wayne Rooney has been known as one of the world’s best strikers for years, and even in his declining years can still be considered a dangerous player to leave unmarked. For him personally, it may be too much of a blow to his reputation to move to China or the US for a few seasons, no matter how much he’s being paid.

Rooney is a proud individual, and isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve on the pitch. A player that plays with his emotion may not see anywhere else but either United or Everton as the place to end his illustrious career. Massive doubts would exist over Everton’s willingness to pay Rooney’s wages given his age, but if he leaves United at all before his career ends, Everton may end up being his swansong.

Wayne Rooney has no doubt been a fantastic player for Manchester United over the past decade or so, and his accomplishments should never be overlooked. But looking at his future career, there aren’t many options that will suit him. He’ll want to be a mainstay and starter at United, but the competition for places is fierce, and it seems as though the only way he’ll get regular playing time is at another club. It’s really up to Rooney himself to decide.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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