Manchester United: With Wayne Rooney Leaving, It's Your Move, Dimitar Berbatov

Yoosof Farah@@YoosofFarahSenior Writer IIIOctober 21, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is congratulated by team mate Dimitar Berbatov (R) after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on August 28, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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After being plagued with ankle troubles, spectacularly falling out of form, contradicting his manager, and now publicly declaring his desire to leave, it's evident that Wayne Rooney is not flavour of the month at Old Trafford.

And nor is he man of the moment anywhere apart from at Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, thanks to his latest sex scandal that was uncovered by some of the best investigative journalists in the industry.

In his statement shedding light on all the dramatic events of days gone by, Rooney slammed United's power in the transfer market by publicly stating his doubts about the "continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world."

One could say he does have a point, as the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez were met with the arrivials of an ageing, injury-prone Michael Owen, an average, fringe squad player in Gabriel Obertan, a massively inexperienced Chris Smalling, and of course, the obscure £7.4million Tiago Bebé who's reportedly having trouble living the high life, let alone playing elite level football.

But such doubts over Manchester United Football Club's transfer market power in world football by one of their most well looked-after players is a smack in the face to the likes of £16 million Antonio Valencia, the £30.75 million Dimitar Berbatov, and even the latest sensation that is Javier Hernandez, who has already scored against Chelsea at Wembley and in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia in his first ever taste of English and European football.

To insinuate that United are less able to sign A-list players, and thus suggest the club is losing its prestige, not only sticks a dagger in the heart of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Gill and the board of directors, but also launches a vicious insult in the direction of United's current playing squad, who Rooney doesn't think are capable of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, etc.

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After all, why else would he include in his statement, "For me, it's all about winning trophies... because of that, I think the questions I was asking were justified."

The timing of the former Everton hero's statement, especially the part in which he doubts United's ability to attract world class players, couldn't be more inappropriate in the case of at least one Red Devils star.

Seven goals in ten matches so far this season has seen Dimitar Berbatov finally prove himself as one of the "top players in the world."

His hat-trick in the 3-2 home win over Liverpool not only single-handedly gave United three vital Premier League points, but also meant he hit the milestone of being the first Manchester United star to score a hat-trick against the Reds in 64 years.

It was no surprise that come the start of October, Dimitar Berbatov had beaten Chelsea's star trio of Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka to the PFA Player of the Month award.

After all, this is a man who has scored seven top class goals in ten games: his goal at Wembley in the Community Shield against Chelsea, his expertly slotted finish with the outside of his boot against Everton, and of course, that goal against Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Mr Rooney has barely been able to score in a brothel (that's another story altogether, as everyone knows), let alone the football pitch.

One goal from the penalty spot in seven matches from United's supposed main striker doesn't even compare to Berbatov's seven goals, Nani's four, Chicharito's three, and even Michael Owen, who's scored three from seven games.

Heck, even Darren Fletcher is beating Wayne Rooney in the 2010/11 goal scoring charts with two to his name, while many more in the United squad are equalling the Croxteth-man's tally.

Now it seems Wayne Rooney is stepping down from the role of main Manchester United striker; a role he was going to lose anyway, but had to act quickly before it was taken away from him.

And according to Rooney, United have lost the quality players able to take up that role.

Therefore, it's your move Dimitar Berbatov: Can you become United's new talisman?

Not that he wasn't already. Ten games into the season and the Old Trafford faithful already preferred the Bulgarian to the Englishman.

And it'll be made official once Wayne Rooney leaves. After all, who would you rather have in your squad, an un-fit attacker lacking in confidence who's scored one goal (a penalty) in seven and is creating a bad atmosphere within the club, or a confident, in-form striker who's scored seven (several of them being outstanding quality) in ten and has the backing of the whole team?

The Manchester United staff and board of directors know who they'd rather have.

Then again, so do Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City. This time, Sir Alex probably can't be more keen to "sell that mob a virus."

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