After not being fielded in the starting line-up in the game against Fulham, in favor of Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, the whole football world was abuzz about Rooney?s future in Manchester. Reports have pointed out that Rooney?s poor performance in the 1-0 loss to Everton in the season opener had exasperated Sir Alex Ferguson so much that he had benched the 26-year old striker for the next game. Speculations have then arisen that the relationship between the two has broken down to the hilt.

Rooney is sidelined for four weeks in order to recuperate from an injury he had suffered in the Fulham game, a game that he entered only in the second half as a substitute. This development would certainly complicate matters.

In 2010, Rooney?s relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson had started to sour when the superstar striker had expressed his desire to quit the club after being dropped to the bench, following an injury to his ankle in a Champion?s League quarter-final match against Bayern Munich earlier that year.  Rooney had to make a turnaround later, signing a 5 year contract through 2015.

Rooney waylays speculations that he is about to leave Manchester United, calling them as ?absolute rubbish? in his Tweeter account. But five days ago, he had expressed his fear to The Daily Star that he may be sold if the Old Trafford club receives an offer of 40 million pounds.

In the contract stand-off with Rooney in 2010, Ferguson almost went begging to his knees just to retain the striker, asking United officials to do all they can to keep him in Old Trafford, eventually convincing Rooney to stay with an improved contract of 250,000 pounds a week.

But lately, the fabled Scottish football manager has grown frustrated with Rooney?s showing of lack of commitment in recent days that reports had him agreeable to offloading the latter in either January or by next season.

Ferguson may have become so fed-up with Rooney now that he faces the possibility of finally letting him go. Before the season, this might be a highly unthinkable proposition but with the recent acquisition of Van Persie and Kagawa, he might just be bold enough to make the dreary decision, which could be costly to the club, as Rooney is not only known for his adeptness in the field, but is followed by millions of soccer fans around the world. In the corporate sense, this would be a very bad decision for Manchester United.

The United?s main target of reclaiming the title from Manchester City would surely be put in great jeopardy with the team?s latest episode with Rooney. Fortunately for Ferguson, Van Persie and Kagawa have shown  great synergy playing together in their first two games with United that perhaps losing Rooney altogether may end up more beneficial to the team, revving up with a new look and renewed vigor, just what most rebuilding  teams opt to do.

But Manchester United is not a rebuilding team. Coming from a second place finish from last season, it should be primary goal for the team to keep and maintain the system that got it going last year and make improvement on it as much as possible.

This is United?s main dilemma at present, whether to keep Rooney despite his continued showing of? lack of commitment? or to hold on to him just in case United needs his goals when the important games come near the end of this season.

Source : espn

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