Manchester United fans, fresh from the shattering news that their messiah was stepping down at the end of the season, have been hit with yet another shocking revelation that their golden boy, Wayne Rooney, also now wants to flee their sinking ship.
Rooney handed in a transfer request two weeks ago citing that he needed a fresh start and would potentially like to go and join the German champions Bayern Munich.
Fresh fuel has been added to the fire with the revelation this morning that Rooney has deleted the line “Manchester United player” from his Twitter bio, only increasing the speculation that the England forward could be sold.
It’s not the first transfer request Rooney has handed in, the other coming in 2010 when the forward had a tantrum in order to gain parity with the club’s top earners. United bowed to his demands for a £250,000 per week salary and there is feeling in some camps that this latest request could be another ploy, not for money this time, but for Rooney to gain more status during big games.
The Croxteth born striker has had to play second fiddle to Robin Van Persie this year and sources close to Rooney say he’s becoming increasingly frustrated at the deeper role he’s been given. For a player who sensationally held the club over a barrel in 2010 and questioned their ambition to win trophies, to now become frustrated enough to leave when they win the title says Rooney’s not happy unless he’s the star.
The appointment of David Moyes may also have something to do with Rooney’s desire to leave. In 2006, Moyes famously sued Rooney for libel over Rooney’s autobiography and won, leading to strained relations ever since.
With Moyes set to become the new United manager, Rooney is probably jumping ship in protest and I can’t imagine many at Old Trafford will fall for his desperate plea for sympathy a second time.