On Friday, Wayne Rooney and Manchester United announced a £300,000 per week, £82.5 million contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. While some are calling United’s decision foolish, I would vehemently disagree. This move not only keeps one of the best EPL players with the Red Devils, but also sets the team up for success in the near future.
David Moyes is hanging by a short thread right now, but with this contract extension news, the rope got a tad longer. It’s basically impossible for United to win the league title this year, however, for the 2014-15 season it is now more realistic. By securing Rooney, other players will notice that the Red Devils mean business and want to succeed next year.
During the Summer transfer window, Moyes will need to be mindful and intentional with his moves because the pressure will be on him. Securing Rooney was the first step, but now United’s manager needs to find the missing pieces to the puzzle, so that the 2013-14 season can be just a fluke and not turn into the norm.
If Moyes and company failed to extend Rooney, there Summer transfer period would have been disastrous. Rooney could have headed to a rival EPL club, and the Red Devils’ transfer window leverage would have been very little. With re-signing Rooney, the Red Devils secure a main piece of their squad’s success for next season and leverage while trying to convince players to play for them.
Overall, this move sets up the team for future short-term success from the Summer transfer window period to next season. While Rooney’s weekly and overall salaries are high, it was needed in order to secure Rooney remained with the club. The year of 2018 is a long ways away, but this new contract was about making sure this season’s mediocre results are not repeated.
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