A loss to Manchester United…I’m not so sure!

Manchester United's Wayne RooneyThere has been a lot of speculation in the past couple of weeks on the future of Wayne Rooney.

It has been reported that the England forward had asked to leave the club. But after Manchester United’s victory over Swansea, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed in an interview that Wayne Rooney had asked for a transfer.

If Wayne Rooney does leave Manchester United, will he be a great loss.

The majority, say no.

In 2010, Rooney asked for a transfer as he questioned United’s ambition. Rooney believed United did not show enough ambition in the transfer market and demanded new signings. United done everything they could to keep hold of Rooney and just a couple of days after handing in a transfer request, Rooney performed a U-turn and signed a new five year contract.

Now Rooney has handed in another transfer request, not even three years since his last one. This time he wants to leave because the ambition he wanted United to show, has pushed Rooney down the pecking order. He is no longer the main man around Old Trafford and not being picked for the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid will prove that.

Rooney’s position in the United side has become unclear. With Robin Van Persie’s signing, he’s no longer first choice upfront. His performances this season have been below par. As of late, Shinji Kagawa has been performing well behind Van Persie and deserves to be given a chance to play there more often. Rooney has played well when he’s been dropped back further in midfield alongside Michael Carrick, but he wants to be the vocal point of the attack and he knows he’s not guaranteed that at United.

When Rooney arrived at United he had so much hype and potential. As a young 16 year old bursting onto the scene for Everton, he scored a wonder goal to beat Arsenal 2-1. After an impressive Euro 2004, Rooney seemed to have the world at his feet. United paid over 25million for his services and when Rooney arrived, he was expected to develop into one of the best players in the world. A height he’s never really reached.

When Rooney plays well, he plays very well. But those games are too far between. He doesn’t perform to his potential week in, week out. He goes through too many barren spells. Too many times he looks disinterested in the game. You rarely see the Rooney of old where he would compete for every ball, chase down any lost cause and cause defenders problems.

But if Rooney stays, United will keep hold of a very good player. When he plays well, he is one of the best players in the Premiership. His ability to score and create make him a dangerous player and when he plays, United play at a quicker tempo. He is at one of the biggest clubs in the world. If he is too reach his potential, then he needs to be at a club like United who can get that potential out of him.

At 27, Rooney seems to need a new challenge. Handing in one transfer request can be seen as a mistake, requesting a transfer twice will be seen as inexcusable to United fans. Now is the time for United and Rooney to part ways. Rooney can be replaced.

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