Manchester United Transfer News: Fans Shouldn't Buy in to Wayne Rooney Rumors
Amid all of the transfer season madness, there is one apparent certainty: Wayne Rooney is staying put at Old Trafford.
The striker was held out of the starting lineup in Man U's recent match against Fulham. According to Reuters, rumors began flying that he was on his way out of town, his relationship with the club had disintegrated and that he wanted out.
Shortly thereafter, Rooney resorted to his Twitter account to offer his heartfelt, uncensored feelings about the rumors:
Read the nonsense in the papers and heard what people have to say.absolute rubbish. #heartostay— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 29, 2012
Here sorry— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 29, 2012
There's always the possibility that Rooney is stopping the rumor mill any way he can so he's not questioned about something he doesn't want to talk about, but that doesn't seem likely.
What does seem likely is that Rooney wants to say with the Red Devils, who finished second in the Premier League last season and have been energized by the signing of superstar Robin van Persie. He wants to stay with a team that has a prime opportunity to win.
Rumors pop up a lot, some of them absurd. Rooney could have easily ignored this one and waited for it to fall under the radar. In his particular case, he probably wants to make it exceedingly clear to the club that Old Trafford is where he truly wants to be.
According to the Guardian, Rooney has had his issues with Sir Alex Ferguson in the past. Rooney can't risk Ferguson believing that his star wants out. The Guardian reported that two years ago Ferguson didn't take well to Rooney's insistence that Man U wasn't a good enough fit for him.
Earlier this week, the Mirror reported that Rooney's relationship with Ferguson "has broken down" and that the striker is worried he'll be sold at the end of the season.
Then, before last week's win over Fulham, Ferguson told the Guardian, "If I hear a player has fallen out of love with us and is looking elsewhere, I invariably help them out of the door."
Rooney doesn't want to leave Manchester United. He doesn't want Ferguson or the fans to believe it, either. He definitely doesn't want the rumor mill to interfere with his chances of being successful on a team that, against all odds, finally seems to be a good fit for him.
Rooney can't afford to sour his relations with Ferguson and he knows it.
Now—fortunately for Rooney—Ferguson knows it, too.
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