I always marvel at the short term memory of fans, pundits and journalists alike. Wayne Rooney is 30 and he doesn’t have the same “superpowers” he used to have. How many last minute goals has Rooney scored to win games and eventually the cup or title for Manchester United in the past? People can’t expect the same level of performance they are used to from Rooney, also Iet’s not forget he didn’t pick himself and the position he played in the last few games. I certainly think the reaction to Rooney borders on disrespectful and very short term memory, then fans wonder why players leave for the highest bidders.
Almost everyone today has attributed Manchester United blitzing Leicester to Rooney’s absence because it freed up Pogba, short sighted stuff if you ask me. Let’s remember that Fellaini didn’t play either and to this “Einstein” he was the dude hampering Pogba from doing a good job in the middle.
It’s only the 6th game but I definitely think it’s too early to confine Rooney to the dumps, he might not dominate games like he used to do but he still has a lot to offer the United team.
I remember in that average win against Hull recently it was Rooney that delivered the assist for Rashford. Lets be careful that we are not trying too hard to retire Rooney it’s really not an issue to give a 30 year old some time off on the bench.
I can’t help but mention what’s going at Westminster at the moment, feels like something from game of thrones or house of cards; backstabbing, all sorts of dishonesty and game playing even Spielberg couldn’t even have come up with this plot. So Boris caused all that chaos for nothing as in for nothing! Watching with baited breath as it all continues to unfold.
Back to football which is the reason why you have clicked on this post, Zlatan has more or less confirmed his move to Old Trafford via his Instagram account. With no Champions league on the cards this season at United I am guessing it’s the lure of Jose and a very big pay packet that have secured his signature, but at 34 is Zlatan really worth that gamble especially in the Premier League?PSG competing in Ligue 1 with the money they have is like a 10 year old playing in the under fives, the Premier League is a different ball game entirely. With all the money coming into the Premier League, all the clubs are more evenly matched than in the past where there was a very large gulf between the established top 4 and the rest, at the moment one can’t even point at an established top 4. Zlatan has also always struggled playing against English teams in Europe, now he gets to play against English opposition every week in England where referees allow more physicality and with defenders that will leave a foot in there now and again who will not be awed by him. How will Zlatan respond to that?
History has shown us that wherever Zlatan goes Zlatan wins a league title but that was the case for Louis Van Gaal till he rocked up at Old Trafford and left without winning a league title. Then what happens to the likes of Rashford and Martial? How much game time will they get? If both young men step up to the mark and are banging in goals week in week out? Will Jose leave Zlatan on the bench more often and if so how will Zlatan react? We all know Zlatan doesn’t take kindly to not being the main guy. He is a big personality and how will his new teammates respond to that personality and Jose’s personality in high and consistent doses? I also forgot to mention Wayne Rooney,how does that impact him and how will he respond? Player power is very big these days evident in how the London boys in blue ushered Jose out last year. Player factions are not a good thing for any team.
Time will tell if this going to be a marriage made in heaven, I for one foresee rocky relations in the course of this marriage that might end up in a bitter divorce or maybe it’s just the Arsenal man in me wishing it doesn’t work.