Manchester United fans back Rooney omission

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United strikerManchester United fan groups have backed Fergie’s decision to omit Wayne Rooney for their Champions League clash against Real Madrid this week.

Wayne Rooney was on the bench for the defeat at Old Trafford fuelling speculation that he could depart for another club in the summer. He has sparked interest from Barcelona, PSG, Manchester City and Real Madrid but whether they will be willing to pay his weekly wages of £300,000 remains to be seen.

The supporters group feel that the striker is no longer a necessary player within the team and they would be behind manager Ferguson if he decided to sell the star in the summer.

Duncan Drasgo, head of the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) was asked whether they would support the sale of Wayne Rooney and he assured The Guardian that Ferguson would have their full support.

“Everyone recognises Rooney’s talent, although perhaps there is some frustration that he hasn’t quite pushed on and developed in the way people may have thought he was going to,” he said.

“We always back Sir Alex Ferguson’s judgment in the end and, if he did decide to let him go, then that’s probably the right decision in the best interest of the club.

“It was such a big match for Ferguson – it could be his last season for all we know. I don’t think he would have picked a side for any other reason than it was the best side that might get the best result.

“It’s crazy to think that he would snub a player by not playing him in a match like that. In the cases of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jaap Stam and David Beckham it was more difficult to see the tactical argument for dropping them but I think people could see it in this case. As supporters, though, I don’t think many would like to see Rooney go.”

The MUST are not alone in their opinion of Wayne Rooney and other fan groups have been discussing the player’s recent form and whether he has contributed enough to hang onto him. Barney Chilton, editor of Red News also agreed with Fergie’s decision.

“For parts of his career if Rooney didn’t perform, United didn’t – and this season that has changed,” he said.

“The dynamics changed in one swoop for Robin van Persie – Rooney was no longer the player we overly relied on.

“It feels like history is repeating itself, minus a boot scar, with David Beckham – eliminated by Madrid and intense speculation. Rooney’s form has been of concern – especially his passing – and while I would have hoped for more stardust by now he can still turn a game United’s way.

“There have been concerns over match fitness for some time now and it could be argued that missing Blackburn last season [when Rooney was dropped following an alleged night out] was crucial to how the season ended. So this could be brinkmanship as he’s given another chance to get properly sorted.”

Regardless of the fact that he made a great start to his career at Old Trafford, Rooney has failed live up to the expectations and hasn’t been the player he was promised to be. Ferguson has shocked fans in the past by selling David Beckham, Ruud Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam, but the question remains whether Rooney will be the next big name to fall by the wayside.

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