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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Rooney Saga Ahead Of Tonight's Champions League Game

Since the last few months or so, the British press has been constantly focusing on Wayne Rooney - be it the ankle injury he picked up in March against Bayern Munich, his poor display for England in the World Cup, his poor scoring streak that he hasn't scored for United in open play since March or more recently, his alleged affair with a prostitute... And yesterday, United fans received the biggest shock when manager Sir Alex Ferguson, at a press conference, admitted that Rooney wanted to leave United - just months after publicly saying he wanted to be at Old Trafford for life!!! With just 20 months left on his contract, he may leave as early as the January transfer window...

As I saw Sir Alex speak to the press, I could clearly see the honesty in what he was saying - glimpses of utter disappointment, sadness & maybe even silent anger... He said that the club had offered Rooney a new lucrative contract (believed to be 160,000 pounds a week) but Rooney had refused to sign it & clearly declared his intentions of exiting the club unless offered a contract of 200,000 pounds a week... However, Sir Alex has said that the door is open for Rooney to renegotiate a deal with the club...

Rumours were around for the last week or so about a fallout between the gaffer & Wazza since Wazza publicly contradicted Sir Alex's statement about him not being match fit... But we United fans always believed it would be a matter of time before Sir Alex resolved everything between them... Never anticipated this would go so far...

Imagining United without Roo would be really hard to imagine, coz I've watched him play for us since I started following Man United, plus his superb form last season makes it even more difficult to visualise the team without one of England's most naturally gifted footballers...

It's therefore essential for the club to start preparing for times ahead without him, and in case he remains firm on leaving, search for a long-term replacement... Real Madrid & Man City are the realistic options for him, since his current valuation of around 50 million pounds can be met only by these clubs...

Talking of tonight's game, United will be taking on Turkish side Bursapor at Old Trafford... Though Rooney won't be playing due to an ankle injury he picked up during training, we must look to grab maximum points to overcome the weekend blues against West Brom... If Fergie sticks to the 4-4-2, hope to see Hernandez starting upfront with Berbatov, Scholes & Fletcher back in central midfield, with Nani on the right... Hope the gaffer gives Obertan his first start this season on the left wing tonight ahead of Park... In all, a full strength side to play the Turks!

My Starting XI: Van der Sar, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Obertan, Hernandez, Berbatov

Red Devils Reign, United Again!!!

That's all Folks!

Yours,
CJ

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