In The Times, Paul Joyce writes that the Blues failed with a loan bid in January for the 31-year-old because Jose Mourinho didn't want to let him go but that talks will be revived over a permanent switch at the end of the season.
Sky Sports "sources", meanwhile, claim that Rooney, who was linked with a mega-money move to China this month before their transfer window closed, would consider a return to Everton, 12 years after he left the club for Manchester United.
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1 Posted 02/03/2017 at 20:28:51
2 Posted 02/03/2017 at 20:30:14
A year ago I'd have welcomed this, but my opinion of Rooney's abilities nosedived in the second half of that England game versus Iceland last Summer.
He couldn't even make a decent pass and looked physically destroyed. The fact that he's not been a big part of Man Utd's season suggests they think he's on the way out too.
A one-year deal at most, and even then I'd have grave doubts.
3 Posted 02/03/2017 at 20:43:36
4 Posted 02/03/2017 at 20:48:22
5 Posted 02/03/2017 at 20:50:01
6 Posted 02/03/2017 at 20:56:44
7 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:06:27
8 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:08:55
9 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:14:21
10 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:14:37
Who is he going to replace at Everton ?
Our midfield is our strongest part of the squad.What we need is someone to score goals and support Lukaku.Rooney has stopped scoring goals and is about the same pace as Barry.
I cannot believe that he is being seriously considered by Koeman.United have had all the good years out of him and now we are looking at signing the dregs.I really hate this Man Utd club using us as a dumping ground.
FFS lets show some real ambition and break this stupid ceiling we are playing under.We do not need any old players, we have enough of our own to replace.
11 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:15:34
12 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:24:19
Unless he can rediscover some of what made him a top Premier League player for many years, though, I agree with those that voice concern over whether he would actually be able to make the first 11. If not, he becomes an expensive bench-warmer.
Much to consider on this deal...
13 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:38:21
Barry has been great, and remember Rooney is one of the fastest players in the Premier League despite his age.
As long as it's not for silly wages and Lukaku going the other way, I can't think of any player I'd rather see in a blue shirt.
14 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:45:21
15 Posted 02/03/2017 at 21:55:47
16 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:18:13
17 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:18:34
18 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:19:12
19 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:19:14
20 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:20:51
21 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:21:06
22 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:26:06
Same wages as Lukaku, 2 year deal with an option of a 3rd.
What a statement and, in my opinion, a reinvigorated Rooney would thrive on it.
23 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:37:55
I also think it would detract from the "team" and it would all be about him which, I believe, would have an adverse effect.
The time for Rooney at Everton has passed, IMHO. It's time to look forward and time to invest in youth for the near and long-term future.
We'll never get what we hoped we'd all get from Rooney. That ship has sailed.
24 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:46:21
Personally I'd have taken Frank Lampard when he went to the MLS who was much older and not playing as much for Chelsea.
Let's face it Rooney is based on natural ability head and shoulders above what we have. All players go through bad form, being dropped etc and I'm sure Rooney has a good few seasons left in him.
Once a Blue, Always a Blue!
25 Posted 02/03/2017 at 22:56:33
We don't need Beagrie Mk 2 coming into a team with Lookman and Davies, just as it was a disaster bringing in Beagrie to supplement Farrelly and Oster. Their careers never recovered.
26 Posted 02/03/2017 at 23:02:19
27 Posted 02/03/2017 at 23:07:14
Now if it was Mata or Silva, I would say Yes!
28 Posted 02/03/2017 at 23:38:10
For some issues, clubs could respect fans more and gauge opinion, like Swansea (finally) taking note of fans over the manager, and look at Leicester over Hodgson. Surely the fans of the Champs would not want him.
Likewise Rooney. If the club was to have a poll, like the badge effort, then that would be fair. I wonder if a TW poll on Rooney will happen. This site's had no polls for a while now.
29 Posted 03/03/2017 at 00:55:24
As to whether I'd welcome it, I'm still sitting on the fence.
30 Posted 03/03/2017 at 01:00:48
Jaysus, this site needs a game of actual football and soon!
31 Posted 03/03/2017 at 01:35:38
He is one of football's most recognisable players. Raising the profile of the club internationally will be key to expanding overseas income opportunities.
And he is still a good player! Like it or not, our squad is still not as good as those above us in the league. He won't be the only signing either.
32 Posted 03/03/2017 at 02:33:29
I think it is too late but I could see him on the bench as a second-choice striker for a season or until we can find someone with more of a future to fill that position, assuming Lukaku stays. It would depend on Rooney's wage demands; paying him more than Lukaku might be re-opening that can of worms.
33 Posted 03/03/2017 at 02:37:28
I'm not saying give him the keys to Goodison but hey, let's face it, we loved him when he was here, hated to see him go, wanted to kick him whenever he played against us, but now bygones are past. Love to see him finish a Toffee.
Maybe he bequeaths his knowledge and experience to the younger generation coming through. Could be a huge impact off the bench. Provides us with solid depth. Can we afford his wages? Probably not. Would we be fine without him? Yes. Would he help us? Yes. He's got 2 good years left...
34 Posted 03/03/2017 at 02:50:04
Plus, he's 32 in October, nearly past it, on £300k a week and would stop our youth getting into the first team. Dowell & Calvert-Lewin for example... it's a big fat NO!
One more season & he's done in Premier League! Push the boat out for Lacazette 25/26 ex for Lyon! Cafu, Tielmann, Emerson & Keane! Get Those five in the summer & we'll win the League!!
35 Posted 03/03/2017 at 03:23:00
Beyond that, imagine our players walking in and seeing England's and Manchhester United's record goalscorer standing there, playing with them and teaching them.
36 Posted 03/03/2017 at 03:49:13
A paid-off Rooney from Man Utd, seems likely given his of length of service. Makes a 2-/3-year contract a given, to cut deeply into his heavy wages.
It really does send a message to other players current and prospective that we mean business. Everton could not attract a 32-year-old who has won everything that club footy can offer. Period.
We have a sentimental edge so let's use it.
If people think Rooney doesn't have that pull amongst other players, then perhaps it's too much of a fans' perspective, to my mind at least.
For those backing the Koeman project, he clearly wants a winner in the squad, a mentality Rooney has long held.
Even if it blows up, it's part of the evolution of ambitious Everton. A step that should be tried because we don't have the pull or the stature to get the players we need.
As part of a bigger picture, it works for me and has the added bonus of some drama along the way.
37 Posted 03/03/2017 at 04:33:03
38 Posted 03/03/2017 at 04:55:23
If we can justify the money, the idea of Rooney coming on for the last 25 minutes to help turn games around and open up the opposition, to get 1 point from 0 or better 3 points from 1 or 0, yes maybe it just might make sense.
He will retire from England, not be playing 90 mins twice a week, and he could have 2 or 3 more years; and win a trophy or two with us I hope.
Still, I am not going to get wound up about it either way; if it happens, we'll see how it works out. If it doesn't it means we have a better solution. IK^2&WWT?
39 Posted 03/03/2017 at 06:25:30
Let the fans decide? No, no, no. Some of the crap we have written on here, god help us if we decide on transfers!
I just think it would make us look so second best to have a transfer policy lead by the media or fans. Both should report on our improvement and each would soon forget him after two weeks. Moshiri may not forget it though when he looks at the accounts. Neither a good idea IMHO.
40 Posted 03/03/2017 at 06:39:42
We all know the answer. He's 32 not 36; he has got bundles of time left and is still one of the most gifted footballers in the world. He's not been playing the same amount of football, hence the dip in goals etc. Doesn't mean he can't and won't score.
We have been crying out for a proven goal scorer to supplement Rom. We have all been bemoaning the lack of creativity and killer pass at times to break through parked buses. Well here is the answer, wrapped up on a plate, who WANTS to come, who wouldn't go missing in games for us, and is a lifelong blue.
I am absolutely bemused as to why you wouldn't want him?!?!? Would any of you have said No to Totti at 32? Zlatan at 32? Sheringham?
No... Crazy if we don't.
41 Posted 03/03/2017 at 06:46:35
Additionally, an awful lot of what we hear is paper talk and smoke and mirrors, managers rarely give away true targets to the media so is Koeman playing clever? If he comes, it will be for footballing reasons and that means we either trust the manager or not. If he doesn't come then all the talk may well have been a smoke screen to attract some other high profile target who knows.
Until such time as he puts on a blue shirt in a competitive match, I for one will reserve judgement. One thing I do know he's head and shoulders above the likes of Williams, Barry and Jagielka and the first two seem destined to be with us for a while.
42 Posted 03/03/2017 at 07:37:36
Anyway, players are used to being rotated. Mirallas, Barkley and Davis all know they won't start every game so they aren't going to lose out that much. What harm is a little competition?
43 Posted 03/03/2017 at 08:28:37
44 Posted 03/03/2017 at 08:35:37
45 Posted 03/03/2017 at 08:58:27
46 Posted 03/03/2017 at 09:14:04
47 Posted 03/03/2017 at 09:33:41
I was disappointed watching the Sky interview with Mr Walsh who was drooling over Rooney when I was thinking "Get off your arse and unearth the gems you were brought in to find, not to take the easy ride on the Rooney bandwagon".
48 Posted 03/03/2017 at 09:41:21
49 Posted 03/03/2017 at 10:10:14
Sign him up for 1-2 years.
50 Posted 03/03/2017 at 10:47:58
51 Posted 03/03/2017 at 10:54:27
52 Posted 03/03/2017 at 10:56:39
53 Posted 03/03/2017 at 11:08:04
54 Posted 03/03/2017 at 11:19:12
You can bet that Koeman will not be influenced by any sentimentality in his decision, just will he improve the team and the squad.
55 Posted 03/03/2017 at 11:21:59
56 Posted 03/03/2017 at 11:27:24
57 Posted 03/03/2017 at 11:27:44
I think all of us from time to time think we know more than the manager, it's just trying to persuade Moshiri that he should be paying us the £6 million a year and not Koeman.
58 Posted 03/03/2017 at 11:53:57
59 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:07:32
60 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:17:19
Provided the money is not silly, I would say Yes, welcome home.
61 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:29:28
62 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:38:42
I fail to see why there's any discussion required.
63 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:46:14
Peter Beagrie: Superstar? Please tell me you're not taking the piss. I would love it if someone out there actually did think of Beagrie as being a world beater when he was with us and worshipped him as a hero.
I'm now picturing a six-year-old settling down to watch Monkey Magic in that salmon and blue striped monstrosity we had for an away kit one year and waiting with bated breath for a muzzy sporting white guy, with a badly dubbed Middlesborough accent, to suddenly somersault in to protect Pigsy against allegations he stinks of pish.
His biggest claim to fame whilst representing Everton was revving up and Eval Knieval'ing his way through a plate glass entranceway while pissed one pre-season. Even then... as with his 'mazy dribbling' skills and pin-point crossing ability... 'Beags' got things utterly arse about face and went with the wrong option. As the night porter undoubtedly said, "De el lado, you daft twat".
64 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:48:54
True, it would be a very nice way for Wayne to finish his career, but cushioning his fall from the heights of the game with an inflated airbag of a salary, making sure his aching body is alright and then motioning him into a two-sizes-too-small for him first-team shirt, before swearing down it's not a case of MUtton dressed as lamb, should be the last thing on any Evertonians mind (except maybe his).
From our point of view, it needs to be all about what is best for the club going forward, not how the curtain coming down should pan out for someone who hasn't played for the club since he was a kid.
65 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:55:36
66 Posted 03/03/2017 at 12:59:07
1 - 2 years added onto a glittering career with the chance to play for the Club where your true heart lies? Sorry but for me its a no-brainer. He should be given the opportunity to contribute to the cause and the general well-being of the Club. If that involves more publicity, and increased marketing,then fine.
However, if he did not deliver on the pitch then he would be moved over to the bench or elsewhere.
I don't get this 'blocking the progress' of others. Koeman doesn't think like that. If you are good enough you are old enough. Simple.
Whilst I am not overly romantic, it might just be that a rejuvenated Rooney may pay dividends in spades; Then again he may not, but there is nothing to be lost and a hell of a lot to gain if it works out.
67 Posted 03/03/2017 at 13:04:57
How does it? It's not like Everton will have prised him away from Man Utd. He's not a player they are desperate to keep. He's no longer a guaranteed starter or integral to their immediate future. They want rid and come the summer will probably be stood at the door waiting, with his bags already packed and insisting they give whoever picks him up petrol money for their trouble.
Nor is it likely Everton will have to beat off competition from clubs higher placed in the table or be looking behind them for any realistic taker Rooney might see as a more creditable fit. We're, basically, the best, most face-saving option he's going to get if he wants to carry on in the Premier League.
Beyond the club still being a Kenwright enthused, sentimental soft-touch, mooning over a player who pissed off 13 years ago, what else is such a move going to be screaming to the world about Everton that they don't already know?
"Everton could not attract a 32-year-old who has won everything that club footy can offer. Period."
Previously, you mean? Admittedly, I'm a year out, but didn't Everton 'attract' a 33-year-old who had won just as much as Rooney a mere couple of seasons ago, in the shape of Samuel Eto'o?
We then had fans and pundits lining up around the block to proclaim it a coup, pointing to his past honours, pedigree and 'winning mentality', before rolling out some romanticised shite about how he could maybe help school all the raw youngsters at the club, ruffle their hair and buy them a sherbert dip... for no other reason than he was 'dead fucking old' in football years.
Look how that turned out.
Samuel Eto'o came to Everton for Samuel Eto'o. He came to prolong his playing career at as high a level he could and pad out his already bulging bank account, not because of any altruistic intent or burning ambition on his part, no matter how many people tried to project it.
Those who think Rooney won't be making his next career move with the exact same priorities in mind, but will instead be mulling over how it might possibly pan out for the club and whether it would be to their benefit as much as his, simply because he used to be an Everton fan, are imbuing the decision making process of a professional (and his agent) with the sort of sentimentality and selflessness that was shed well before he was out of his teens.
68 Posted 03/03/2017 at 13:11:36
However, I'm quite happy for the media to talk about it and keep mentioning us in relation to him. All press is good press.
69 Posted 03/03/2017 at 13:24:55
They are going to say positive things and play nice. They might be thinking:
"Rooney back here, are you joking?"
They have to say
"Yeah he is a great player and we would look at it."
70 Posted 03/03/2017 at 13:48:39
I don't blame him for leaving when he did even though it was a seismic loss at the time and I was really angry at the club; it demonstrated how far we had fallen at that time. His attitude on the pitch has always been first class.
71 Posted 03/03/2017 at 13:50:39
72 Posted 03/03/2017 at 13:52:25
73 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:13:03
74 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:14:13
75 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:17:13
Even if it's only for a couple of seasons, it will give us time to develop our young forwards, or even bring in another striker long term.
I think it's worth a punt; one thing's for sure, his arse won't go when we visit Anfield next season.
76 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:17:35
77 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:27:06
Rooney kissed his badge to stick two fingers up to the abuse he took, probably regretted it afterwards but a heat-of-the-moment thing he did.
Joey Barton bared his arse from the abuse we gave him, people will do heat-of-the-moment things.
Funny we never hear about Sheedy sticking two fingers up to the Kop, or was that okay because it was Everton?
78 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:32:45
You're correct in saying that Eto'o was only interested in himself. You're also correct in saying that Rooney will also only look out for himself. But I think in this case what Rooney wants and what Everton want could be the same thing. Rooney gets to return to his boyhood club and make his kids proud whilst still earning a considerable wedge of cash. Everton get to cash in on Rooney (again, only this time through flogging merchandise) and gain a quality option up front.
Am I being sentimental and soft? Yeah probably, but if there's no room in football for emotion any more then what's the fucking point of it?
Having said all that, I'd say there's about a 10% chance of all this even coming to pass.
79 Posted 03/03/2017 at 15:13:30
Neville did a good job? Really?? Worst gobshite I have ever seen in a blue shirt. SHOCKING! How he ever made a huge wad is a mystery to me.
Now he is a pundit, marginally better than when he wore a pair of footy boots, which is not saying fuck all.
80 Posted 03/03/2017 at 15:22:18
Rooney's kissing of the Man Utd badge was unprecedented in football and unjustified whatever the provocation. It was the act of an immature young man facing the inevitable and fully justified wrath of those who'd received a kick in the bollocks from a hero.
81 Posted 03/03/2017 at 15:29:47
A Kenwright move if ever there was one. What's he going to show the younger players? His phone full of prozzies' numbers?
82 Posted 03/03/2017 at 15:48:08
He didn't fancy Lukaku, and we all know what a disaster that turned out to be. Just because this manager, or that manager, doesn't play a particular player, often means very little. Case in point, Victor Moses at Chelsea.
I don't think Rooney is 'washed up'; I do think he's out of favour with his current manager, though.
83 Posted 03/03/2017 at 15:58:23
Like everyone, you're entitled to your opinion, but your comments about Phil Neville are an embarrassment to Everton FC & all our supporters; they say a lot about the type of person you are.
I, and I know I'm not alone, believe Phil Neville was not a great player but was our best captain since Dave Watson, and was a great ambassador for our club.
I personally don't wish to see Rooney back here it would be a short-term move and he would restrict younger players' opportunities.
84 Posted 03/03/2017 at 16:26:32
I am guessing the thought to bring back Rooney to his alma mater is driven more by the merchandising and marketing than his football contribution. Along with Beckham and Gerrard, his name is probably the best known of any English footballer, and would give Everton a big boost in the revenue line (if handled properly). Hopefully, outweighing his cost to the club.
85 Posted 03/03/2017 at 16:34:17
There is no doubt Wayne made the right career choice in moving to Man Utd as he became a superstar there and won everything there was to win, unlike Gerrard for Liverpool. He is only 1 year older than Jamie Vardy and look how well he did last year. Teddy Sheringham left Man Utd in 2001 aged 35 to return to Spurs where they got to a league cup final and he scored 13 goals that season.
I think Lukaku would love to have Rooney as his strike partner as he knows he would learn a lot from him as well as being a good foil in games.
Mourinho didn't rate Rom or Schneiderlin either. Obviously he's not the player he once was but I think he definitely could do a job for us at the minute and it would be crazy not to be interested in him if we don't have to fork out crazy money on his wages.
86 Posted 03/03/2017 at 16:38:04
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho dismissed as "nonsense" media reports that captain Wayne Rooney is open to the idea of returning to his boyhood club Everton at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old striker's future was the subject of speculation last month, with British media reporting that a move to China was on the cards until Rooney released a statement reiterating his commitment to United.
Rooney, the all-time leading goalscorer for club and country, has started eight Premier League games this season and has not played since February 1.
Mourinho said the striker was in the squad for Saturday's league clash with Bournemouth, "with possibilities to . start or be on the bench."
Since he had decided to "help the team and to fight for Manchester United he's an important player for us," Mourinho told reporters on Friday.
"I think by giving you these two details I'm telling you all the talk about Everton for me makes nonsense."
Newspapers in London and Liverpool reported Rooney was open to a return, while Everton manager Ronald Koeman said he would welcome the striker back.
Mourinho would "100 percent" like Rooney to still be at United next season, "but I don't give you 100 percent and I like the players to be happy and not just to be with me because I want them with me."
Rooney has been kept out of the team by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season.
87 Posted 03/03/2017 at 16:53:06
Jose said some weeks ago when the speculation about him going to China that he would like Rooney to stay but, if he chose to leave, it was up to the player. So I can't see what's changed in the last 2 weeks; obviously whatever happens, he has got Rooney till the end of the season, so why not make him feel wanted? But you would think, if he wanted Rooney that much, then why hasn't he played him since the 1st of February?
Just staying with Man Utd, I know a lot of Man Utd fans who were apoplectic when they heard that they had signed Ibrahimovic for a free. Now if we think some of the comments about Rooney maybe joining us at his age, what they were saying at the time was unprintable. Now, when I ask those same fans, they tell me he was the best signing in the Premier League ever.
Now I am not saying that Rooney would have the same impact or not if he signed. But I don't think his age should be a barrier as Ibrahimovic proved age is just a number.
88 Posted 03/03/2017 at 16:56:22
It could have ended on your counter point.
89 Posted 03/03/2017 at 17:06:55
The most revealing quote here isn't the "100%" one, which is little better than lip service. Instead, Mourinho's true feelings come out when he says "I like the players to be happy and not just to be with me because I want them with me". That is yet another clever bit of manipulation of the situation by Jose, putting the responsibility for Rooney's inevitable departure squarely on the shoulders of the player rather than himself.
In fact, this whole Rooney issue has been a perfect opportunity for Mourinho to showcase his incredible powers of manipulation.
When he took over at Old Trafford it was a headline story whenever Rooney didn't start for Manchester United. But slowly and surely the coach has worked on those perceptions until creating an environment in which Wazza's absence is now expected. He did the same with Frank Lampard at Chelsea and both clubs ended up being the better for his ruthlessness.
Mourinho is just messin with us and our delicate scouse emotions!
90 Posted 03/03/2017 at 17:20:27
There was a young lad call Wayne...
Who left Everton purely for gain...
He joined Man United
Who got very excited
When they beat the Red Shite every game
91 Posted 03/03/2017 at 17:32:50
However, I remember the gut wrenching sickening feeling seeing the various photo mock ups of Rooney's head in a Man Utd shirt just before he went and then the acrimonious way he left the club basically pissed on his bonfire. Coupled with the badge kissing antics this is still something I struggle to get past.
On the other hand, as my lad now points out to me, a signing like this raises the profile of the club. I just hope if he does come back he plays in a different way he seems to get used by England and united when they are at their worst, ie, trying to pick up the ball on the edge of the area and spraying useless aimless balls out to both wings.
92 Posted 03/03/2017 at 17:58:24
There was a Chairman called Bill...
93 Posted 03/03/2017 at 17:59:35
94 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:17:02
We should be writing a different one...
95 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:34:39
Man Utd Manager, 3 March 2017.
Though Sky may tell both parties they insist on the deal.
96 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:41:54
But he still bought the blues
And then treated the people like fools!
97 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:46:07
98 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:53:39
99 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:57:53
I'd much rather see the club pay another younger decent player the money they would otherwise pay Rooney, if he came. From a footballing sense make no sense imo.
Also the added circus he would bring would be a distruptive influence.
Really hope this doesn't happen.
100 Posted 03/03/2017 at 18:58:03
101 Posted 03/03/2017 at 19:53:42
Now a red
In our hearts Wayne
You are dead.
My feelings have mellowed a little since I first saw that on a banner at Goodison but only a little. If he still has two seasons in him, great, but please, not with the whole Colleen & the Croxteth skanks media hype thrown in.
102 Posted 03/03/2017 at 22:12:51
Any signing would have to be planned and I don't see his signing as a quirk, as being the way to do it. If the board, and ultimately sanction this deal, then there must be a plan. I'd like to think this would be done properly if it is done, but as a view to a coaching role in the future.
I'd say yes, but my head is saying that time money, his wife's business success, will mean that any decision to go or say no, is a decision, the board must take seriously.
We can't derail the fresh beam of hope we have in place. Stick or twist?
103 Posted 04/03/2017 at 09:14:26
However, more fundamentally, we are trying to break into the "Sky 6" (I hate this phrase) and if we want to attract genuine world class players, having Rooney will be seen as a major statement of intent to those players and agents.
This is the bigger picture we should be looking at, just as Man City did with the Robinho signing. He was largely woeful but his being there was the catalyst for others to join (along with the wages being offered of course) and them being where they are now.
104 Posted 04/03/2017 at 09:58:08
I'll stick my neck out and say that, from the little I have seen of him, Lookman is as good as either of them. I think he is going to go on to be a great Everton player.
Koeman has stated "he is the future". Rooney good as he was is the past.
105 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:50:19
The manager sees the big picture here and ignores/does not have the emotions fans have about Wayne.
Football reasons only, target, trophies. That'll do for me.
106 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:23:43
At the end of the season United will still owe him £15.5m.
I think we can assume:
A) Rooney wants his £15m
B) United want him off their books
C) Everton shouldn't pay £15m
D) United don't want to pay him off
E) United will receive offers
This is why he's 'staying to fight on all fronts for United'. He has to force their hand to accept the hit rather than a big cash in.
I wonder if Jose will put him in the Under-23s with Schweinsteiger?
Rooney's agent Stretford will be wanting a Chinese pay day... This will be huge credit to Rooney's resilience to the pressure from United and people close to him if he comes back, whether you like the idea of it or not.
107 Posted 05/03/2017 at 10:34:09
108 Posted 06/03/2017 at 15:53:40
'Deserted his roots' as they say,
He's turned down the Chinks,
Which does makes us think,
He's returning for a last pay day.
109 Posted 09/03/2017 at 23:54:32
We would get two years out of him and wouldn't need to run others ragged. If Rom gets injured where are we at present, we need another two options at least and Rooney being one is ideal. A new qaulity signing up front may also have time to settle in, especially if its a young prospect brought in by Walsh's scoutig netwrok.
With a proven goalscorer, an experienced winger and a great exciting new prospect up front, we would be formidable. All have something to prove and competition is needed. He could also suit Koeman as he provides a different dimension, which he likes in his setups.
With regards to age, many players have shown how they can help a side with their experience and talent. I'm thinking of Martyn, Neville, Beardsley, Klinsman to name a few. The list could go on. There are quite a few who haven't - its' a punt as all transfers are. Not sure why Beagrie came up in this disucssion... Pennar was a bigger disspointment to me on his return.
If we are in Europe, trying to finish in the top six and to go for a domestic cup (extra 15 matches at least) we would need the extra strenght and if we got him on wages around £100k then I wouldnt see a problem shirt sales alone, etc. If its £300k wages and £10mil transfer, then nope spend it on others who we can make money back on if needed. But on a free and spend the money on decent centre-back or two and new upcomig wing back & striker then I'm all for it.
110 Posted 11/03/2017 at 10:44:13
My heart says yes but my brain says "Go to America, Wayne and see out your days as an all-American superstar."
111 Posted 14/03/2017 at 12:39:54
The third quarter of the Spurs game a few weeks ago would have been ideal for someone like Rooney who would have dug in and made something happen. I love the team at the moment, all coming together well after the last few years.
I work for a company which is top-heavy with red shite and it's nice to see that even a bunch of gobshites like them are now taking the club seriously. Long may it last... not that I'm bitter.
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