Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Selling Wayne Rooney Would Be Devastating

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2012

Will Rooney leave United like Ronaldo did?
Will Rooney leave United like Ronaldo did?Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney is one of the most iconic football players in the world, and Manchester United would be making a devastating mistake if they sold him at any point in the near future.

Per David McDonnell of the Mirror:

Wayne Rooney fears Manchester United are preparing to offload him for £40million.

Rooney's relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson has broken down, with United now ready to cash in on the England striker.

With Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, Ferguson feels he has enough options in attack to cope without Rooney.

Even though it's hard to believe these kinds of rumors, just the idea that United would even consider selling Rooney should make club supporters very angry.

Rooney is the heart and soul of the club, and despite the fact he has battled some injuries recently, he's still a world-class player, and one of the best forwards in Europe.

Rooney has scored 97 goals in the 156 matches he has played for United in all competitions throughout the last three seasons. He also scored 27 goals in 34 league matches this season. His skills and talent have not begun to decline at all.

Rooney is vitally important to the club's on-the-pitch success, but he's also a big reason why United is one of the most popular clubs in the world, and the richest team in all of professional sports.

Since selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, Manchester United has not won a Champions League or FA Cup trophy. They also didn't even make the knockout stages of the Champions League last season.

They did win their record 19th league title in 2011, but they won't win another one anytime soon if they sell Rooney and fail to replace him. The league is stronger now than it was in 2009 or 2011.

If United's owners really need the money, other players must be sold way before Rooney. It's never a smart idea to sell a star who is immensely talented and popular, especially when that star is just 26 years old.

Selling Rooney would be a giant mistake by United, which is why they must be determined to keep him at Old Trafford for the remainder of his career.


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