Gone are the days when players not even vowed to spend their career but also their lives for the club they loved and played for. Nowadays, gears have changed and with the exception of players like Gerrard, Zanetti and some more, players like Rooney have overshadowed the game of the working class with outrageous wages, which simply makes anyone think “Is this still the working class Game” ?
Is this the end of Rooney saga?
Certainly yes, for the time being, maybe till summer 2015 this saga has taken a dead turn, but over the course of next few seasons if the situation of Manchester United doesn’t change in the league table, this saga can raise its head once again.
People like me who have followed the case of Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres knows that contract is the last binding factor these players could care for, if they were guaranteed to play for a bigger level at a bigger club, but for that to happen an excuse is needed and what better than an absence in Champions League.
Torres signed a contract year before his move to Chelsea but when he decided to leave, no one could stop him which proves the fact that Contract doesn’t mean much nowadays.
Is Moyes Safe?
Certainly NOT. If you believe certain rumors gathering pace around the internet, you may believe that Moyes’ last chance is the qualification of Champions League which looks more than unlikely at the moment. On the other hand, one may think that the board who has given Rooney 300k a year in the mid of season potentially aware of the fact that Champions league football is a distant dream now. So one way or the other, mid of next season will either show us the Manchester United, or it could may well make Moyes see the departure door.
David Moyes may have already ignited the fire whose flashes could make himself feel the heat. With 300k a week to Rooney, Any new signing at the Old Trafford may demand an outrageous money for his ratification. Because they know that the club who can pay 28 million on Fellaini could certainly fulfil their dreams as well, so maybe this cat and dog fight been started by Moyes could backfire, if not for him, than certainly to the club.
Sir Alex, a distant memory for United:
It would ring bells amongst the United faithful but it is a cruel reality that with the signature of Rooney, David Moyes has closed yet another chapter of Sir Alex values at the Theater of dreams. The most expensive signing of Sir Alex came in the shape of Dimitar Berbatov, when the Bulgarian was signed for a record fee of 30million pounds. Although that signing initially raised eyebrows, but Berbatov won the golden boot with United, underlining the long sightedness of Sir Alex.
On the contrary, it took Moyes just 6 months to break that barrier, with Juan Mata becoming the most expensive United signing of all times, and that too in the January period which his predecessor avoided so many times. So that fact has become more than clear, that fans who demand Sir Alex style of play once again are too naïve to understand, that finally, after more than 25 years, Times have changed at the Old Trafford.
English football changing gears:
From the last few seasons in Europe, it was speculated that English sides aren’t playing better as compared to the other European Champions, and much focus was on the money barrier when the sides like Liverpool and Arsenal showed their weakness in the transfer market on the hot prospects round Europe.
Now it seems that the English managers have played heed to this concept and started to think out of the bag. This season could may well prove to be the turning point in the English football era. For the last 10 years, English clubs have been feeding to the Spanish giants Madrid and Barcelona. Now though, it seems that the opposite cycle have started.
The signature of Ozil was the turning point for this to happen. After that Liverpool stepped forward and closed the door of Suarez move to Madrid with a mega money contract offer, if not for long than certainly for the time being. Rooney’s saga is the latest addition to this catalogue, it seems that the other clubs will now certainly found it hard to extract the players from the English giants.
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