Undoubtedly the story of the week has been Wayne Rooney’s new £300,000-per-week contract. The England international finally put an end to the sage that has been his Old Trafford future on Friday by penning a new deal to make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. Naturally, Rooney found the net in his first appearance since putting pen to paper, rasping home a sweet effort in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace – which may be a vital three points when the season ends. It’s hard to justify such a salary for essentially kicking a ball around in a field, but such is the forward’s importance to United that he may just be worth the massive outlay. Here are three reasons to validate Rooney’s contract.
Goals, goals and more goals
Rooney took his tally to nine in the Premier League against Palace, making him the club’s top scorer in the competition. Although his record is not on a par with Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero or even Yaya Toure, he has a habit of netting big goals at big moments, and with United’s tendency to throw away points late on, his strike at Selhurst Park was a huge one.
That's how you strike a ball #Rooney
— Johnno (@JohnnoClark24) February 22, 2014
Typical rooney finish.
— 3Dee (@dotladjnr) February 22, 2014
£300,000 a week? Money well spent #Rooney
— Sam Daniels (@samgdaniels) February 22, 2014
With Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic set to leave at the end of the season, both the vice and full captain could be no more at Old Trafford, leaving a massive void in Moyes’ team. Rooney is undoubtedly a big character on and off of the field, and is widely being backed to take the armband and be ‘Mr Man United’.
That does it then: make Rooney captain. He's ready.
— J'Lloyd's of London (@JlloydsofLondon) February 22, 2014
Yes. I now see, that Rooney wants that Captain's Armband with a passion!
— Ahmed Omar Mang'eli (@omarmangeli) February 22, 2014
Our future captain right there! Pure class. He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney #GGMU
— Tengku Amsyar (@iamtengkuamsyar) February 22, 2014
Silky skills and top goals may be attractive, but any manager would tell you that work rate is just as important. Rooney is by no means a man that shirks his responsibilities, as he proved against Palace with an all-action display. Both before and after the goal, ‘Wazza’ was up and down the pitch supporting his midfield and fellow attackers.
Look at Rooney's work rate. Loses the ball and tracks back like mad
— @ (@JayAndreas) February 22, 2014
Rooney's work rate is incredible!
— Joey (@JoEy18_) February 22, 2014
Rooney is class! Would have loved it if he had signed for Chelsea! His work rate is immense!
— Wahid Mukhtar (@EazzayWahezzy) February 22, 2014