Paul Parker

Rooney shouldn’t be rewarded for failure

Paul Parker

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All the talk today has been of Wayne Rooney reportedly letting it be known that he wants to leave Manchester United, and that he is not interested in negotiating a new contract at the club.

Manchester United have let so many great players go in the past and they've coped well. It should always be the case that no one player is bigger than the club, whether that club be United or anyone else.

Wayne hasn't really helped himself. Things are against him at the moment - his confidence is low while he continues to be vilified in the press for his off-field indiscretions.

But things could all turn around for him very quickly. A few decent performances and the rediscovery of his scoring form would see both him and the team benefit.

United have already dropped twice as many points from winning positions as they did for the whole of last season. Surely the Wayne Rooney of last season would have played a big part in turning some of those draws into wins.

So it does seem a bit premature to be pulling out of contract talks and demanding a move, if indeed that is what has happened.

Only a few people really know what's going on at the moment. Right now, it's good for the media to be running this story. It sells papers and gets people talking.

But talk is cheap, and is also good for the player's agent to try and gain the higher ground in negotiations over a new deal. This will end in either Rooney getting a bigger deal at Old Trafford or moving for big money. Either eventuality will mean a nice fee for his representatives.

It's sad that the result of Rooney's scandal and poor form could be that he gets a big-money move to another top European club. What kind of message does that send out about the way that football works?

He should be the one with the point to prove, and take the opportunity to show his worth again. Then, and only then, should he be rewarded by his current employers or be touting for a transfer.

No one enjoys sitting on the bench, especially at a club like United. I know for myself that to be at a club of that stature and being sat there watching your team-mates play is one of the hardest things to do.

But that should motivate you to do all you can to get back into the team, rather than simply decide to quit.

Real Madrid had been the name on everyone's lips when discussing possible destinations for Rooney, but they have now said they do not plan to sign any attackers in January, because they would find it difficult to accommodate them into their squad.

They must have looked at the possibility of signing him and decided it was a case of the right player at the wrong time.

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