Ball is in Rooney’s court as Fergie leaves the door openBy: Rob | October 19th, 2010
Sir Alex Ferguson showed both his greatest strengths and weaknesses today while talking to the press about the news that Wayne Rooney wants out of the club. On the one hand he pointed out that United had helped him in public, and in private, that he was a great player, and that the door was open. He carefully alluded to the fact that Rooney might actually just be in it for the money, pointing out Man United’s long success.
On the other hand, his bafflement at the fact that Rooney is leaving, betrayed the fact that he’s losing the modern game. In a world where Manchester City and Chelsea can just chuck Rooney wads of cash, Fergie is lost, still expecting players to have a hungar to play for Man United, because of the history of the club and so on.
In the main though, Fergie demonstrated what we knew all along, that he absolutely knows what he’s doing, and that if Rooney doesn’t want to be apart of that, he’s going to head out the door.
Fergie cut a surprisingly calm figure (he’s been prone to getting a bit rowdy with journos in the past, lets be honest), considering he must be worried about the Rooney situation, regardless of the fact that the player has lost form so drastically over the last 6 months.
Rooney is still the reigining footballer of the year, and lets be honest, his season last season was spectacular. He tailed off a little toward the end, true and had a torried World Cup, and the revelations about his private life, and a seeming falling out with Sir Alex seem to have condemned him. He’s like Icarus on fast forward.
It was a little unexpected that Fergie outright said Rooney wanted out “adamant” in fact, but he has carefully played it.
“It’s disappointing because we have done everything we possibly can to help Wayne Rooney ever since he came to the club. We have always been here as a harbour for him any time he has been in trouble, the advice we have given him, I was even prepared to give him financial advice.”
Fergie is obviously leaving the picture as Rooney as the petulant one – although he also denied the fact that Rooney had actually fallen out with him, just saying Rooney was using that as a pretext.
Its a fascinating, explosive, unexpected saga. It isn’t over yet either. Who’s going to buy him? When are they going to – in January? Or in the Summer? Where does that leave Rooney’s immediate future? Is there any chance Rooney will come back through that open door?