(via The New Ultras)
England and Manchester United have a similar issue. It’s the elephant in the room, Wayne Rooney. Rooney is a footballer everyone loves, yet despises.
Mark Wayne Rooney. Liverpool Born, Everton fan and Manchester United “Legend”.
Those who have seen him recently know that Rooney is not what he used to be but he’ll show flashes of what once was.
It is by no means disrespect to Wayne, he’s had a hell of career and Rooney does provide that spark every now and then, see his role in the tying goal in the FA Cup Final, see his goal vs Australia, however those moments are few and far between.
Rooney famously burst onto the scene with that goal against Arsenal to win the match, everyone was fighting for his signature thus after. His story can be retold a million and one times, but let’s keep a long story short. Rooney was an Everton fan and youth product that joined Man United at 18, in 2004, however, 12 years later, Rooney still leaves me puzzled.
He’s literally won everything possible at Man United. He’s 5 goals away from being Man United’s top scorer, he’s England’s top goal scorer ever, yet Rooney leaves so much to be desired.
Rooney’s career makes can make one wonder, what if? What if Rooney played in one position his whole career, what if he didn’t have to sacrifice so much?
Rooney isn’t solely to blame, however he is part of the issue. He’s like driving an S Class with tires that have no thread and the check engine blinking. Sure it’s a luxury car but keep driving on it, an accident is bound to happen.
England and Man United put the weight of the world on Rooney’s shoulders, so if they fail or he fails, there’s a scapegoat ready for blame. As he’s gotten older Rooney’s situation, especially with England. Being in a similar situation to Gerrard and Lampard, not knowing what to do with the legends but they have to play.
So what to do with Wayne Rooney?