Wayne Rooney, captain and highest ever goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, is in a bit of limbo. If rumours are to be believed, last month he had the opportunity to head to China for a ridiculous wage but decided, sensibly in my opinion, to stick it out at Old Trafford until the end of the season at least. But what happens after then is anyones guess as we stand. He may have lifted the EFL Cup last Sunday as club captain, but he did not even get on the pitch, he was due to enter the fray but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late goal brought a change in the managers thinking, with Marouane Fellaini being brought on instead to see out the victory.
SENSIBLE DECISION MAKING
The main reason I feel he made the right decision to stay for now is the fact that if he had jumped ship mid-season it shows that he was only about the money. Rooney is reportedly on £300000 a week at Old Trafford, with the money for a China move being reported at anything from £500000 upwards to 1 million a week. Rooney is already a very wealthy man and has always intimated that it is about the football at this stage of his career and being able to play and contribute at a high level. Consideration also needs to be taken with the fact he wants to continue representing England until after the next World Cup in 2018 and disappearing off to China, where the standard is nowhere near the level he currently plays, would be just a money move with his career as captain and a member of the England squad surely over much earlier than he would like, as a result.
OPPORTUNITIES WILL COME
As we stand Manchester United have a very congested fixture list. The EFL Cup is already in the cabinet but they are still in the FA Cup and Europa League as well as battling to get into one of the top four places in the Premier League, the title is pretty much a pipe dream now. The matches will come thick and fast and in my opinion there will be ample opportunities for Rooney to get game time and contribute before the end of the season. I have a sneaky feeling an injury or two may well propel the 31 year old into the team at crucial moments and he has proven ability of doing something special to decide a game.
As for next season it will be interesting to see where he ends up. Staying at United, for me is the least likely, Rooney wants to be a regular and as we stand he is only a bit part player and it is unlikely this will change come the start of the 2017/18 season. Everton have shown interest and a return back to his boyhood club must appeal especially as he does have a very close knit family so staying within England would be his preferred option I think. Obviously China will be back on the agenda because of the money situation but another more feasible option is the MLS over in America, which has a culture and environment much closer to England than China and integrating into a lifestyle in maybe New York or Los Angeles may be a better fit, if he seeks a continuation of his career abroad.
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