Following nine seasons as a Red Devil, Rooney has finally reached a point where he is better off starting fresh with a new club this summer, regardless of whether it's a Premier League squad or French Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain.
The 27-year-old striker was forced to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie for the Premier League champions last season, and he was even left out of the starting lineup for a critical UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid.
While Sir Alex Ferguson's departure certainly changes things, it does little to change the fact that Rooney has been displaced in United's lineup.
Van Persie, who scored a Premier League-leading 26 goals last season, has become the alpha dog at the top of United's squad. Meanwhile, Rooney, who netted 12 goals and recorded 10 assists in league play last season, was forced to play in midfield at times in order for both stars to coexist in the same starting XI.
The Daily Mail's John Drayton thoroughly explains Rooney's current situation at Old Trafford:
With two years left on his contract, United are under pressure to tie Rooney to a new deal this summer or sell him.
However, the feeling is that the newly-crowned Premier League champions will find it difficult to keep the striker after he asked to leave the club for the second time.
After watching last season pan out and given Rooney's multiple transfer requests, you can't help but feel that his time with United is set to come to a close.
His role with the club has diminished significantly as of late, and as he heads into the prime of his career, he's in need of a change in scenery—one where he'll be called on match in and match out as the go-to goalscorer.
Plus, with Rooney and wife Coleen recently welcoming their second child into the world, a transfer would allow the star forward to begin a new chapter on and off the pitch:
My family with our new baby boy Klay twitter.com/WayneRooney/st…— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 21, 2013
Rooney can't afford to stick around and risk another wasted season in terms of maximizing on his full potential as a player. A fresh start in a new kit would present the Liverpool native with an opportunity to begin a brand new relationship with different management in another world-class organization, and it would also allow him the chance to build upon his legacy in a new city.
There's no going back now for Wayne Rooney. He's repeatedly asked for a change of scenery, and there doesn't seem to be enough room for him to shine alongside van Persie in the United lineup. Until he moves on to a new club or signs an extension with United, the drama surrounding him and his future will only continue to distract Rooney from his offseason preparations.
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