LOUGHBOROUGH, Oct 8: Today I read a blog on ESPN in which the writer talked about Rooney being the answer to Ferguson’ midfield woes, the words written describing the situation was pretty much appropriate but on the other hand being a fan of ferocious Rooney ‘the striker’ left me with many unanswered questions.
There is no doubt since the time a 17-yr-old Evertonian joined the ranks of Manchester United; he has been nothing less than a revelation. He has been that complete package whose service will be acquired by any club with a simple blank cheque and without a blink of an eye. There have been times when Wayne Rooney has been the Scholes, the Ferdinand and the Keane for Manchester United. But all this doesn’t mean a man who scores goals at such ease should be pushed to midfield to create glory for a finished article like van Persie to just to bite on. With that statement I am in no way trying to undermine the prowess or ability of the amazing Dutchman. All I am trying to say is, Rooney is still too young and still a lot to conquer before he can be just pushed aside for another player to take his role.
No doubt Wayne Rooney has taken up to use the ‘global speak your mind’ platform Twitter to make it clear that he is happy playing in the midfield. Neither is there any doubt that Rooney previously has confessed, that he wants to end his career as a midfield. But my question is, is it that time when Wayne Rooney retires?
This leads me to another question; did United actually need Robin van Persie? I know your answer must be any club would want van Persie in their squad. But there is a very thin line between wanting and needing. When you have players like the established striker- like Wayne Rooney, the not so in-use but a classy striker- Berbatov, the offside breaker- Welbeck and the revelation of 2011-12 season Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez already in your squad, why add a player whose prime might just last for this season?
Rooney is not the only reason why I feel addition of Robin van Persie has given Ferguson more questions than answers, as he would have earlier thought so. With Rooney picking up the playmaker role, where does that leave the Japanese sensation Shinji Kagawa? Or what plans does Ferguson have for Nani? If I do presume that Kagawa would be given the more deep lying midfielder role, where does that leave the growth of Tom Cleverley (please don’t extend Scholes contract again, give the guy a rest)? If Ferguson decides to let Cleverley and Shinji share the holding midfielder roles, I fear Carrick should take the role of defender more seriously. So how I see Manchester United right now is like a chain of dominos, and that one trigger might bring about a catastrophic reaction.
So for me as a keen observer of the game, I would keep my eyes on Manchester United this season. I would either learn how to keep a boat sailing or how to drown a boat when it can easily sail across the seven oceans.