Why Manchester United Hanging on to Wayne Rooney Is a Mistake

Ryan TolmichCorrespondent IIAugust 12, 2013

Rooney needs to go if Moyes ever wants to fit in.
Rooney needs to go if Moyes ever wants to fit in.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

It was never going to be easy for David Moyes.

The former Everton man has been brought to Manchester to replace an icon. Sir Alex Ferguson isn't just one of the best managers in the history of the game; he is one of the most influential people in modern sport.

Despite winning a trophy in his first official game in red, Moyes has a lot on his plate entering his first campaign in charge of one of the world's iconic clubs.

However, Moyes' job has been made even more complicated by want-away superstar Wayne Rooney, who has lost interest in playing for Red Devils after being relegated to Robin Van Persie's sidekick last campaign. 

Rooney, who had a falling out with Moyes during the duo's Everton days, threatens to derail anything the Scottish manager hopes to implement during his first season in charge of an elite club.

A locker room rift is the last thing Moyes needs as he tries to create his own legacy in Manchester. If Rooney is forced to remain in red, he threatens to ruin the mood of the dressing room before official games even begin.

There is nothing more cancerous for a dressing room than an unhappy player, especially one at odds with the manager. At this point, it's more about selling Rooney to save the team than holding on to him for his talent. The bad outweighs the good and it's time to accept that.

Despite winning the Community Shield in his first game as United manager, Moyes was still bombarded with Rooney questions.

According to The Guardian it got to the point that the Scot blasted back at media for questioning his rift with the England striker by saying, "I'm quite enjoying talking about Wayne because I'm hearing so many of you getting it wrong and I know most of you. I think you're a bit cleverer than that but some of you aren't acting that way."

While it is understandable that United refuses to sell to a rival such as Chelsea, the club should be looking for a solution to this issue as quickly as possible.

If Moyes hopes to make his own way in Manchester, he will need to relieve himself of the previous regime's problems. Moyes needs to find a solution, and fast, if he hopes to take control of his squad.

Rooney will need to go if Moyes ever wants to truly fit in as Manchester United manager.

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