Much has been made of treble winning goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel suggestion that Manchester United should grab the £50-60million Real Madrid is reportedly willing to pay for Wayne Rooney in summer. Not a thought that will go down well with many United fans but the truth is that there may just be some sense in the possibility. Rooney has just completed a year of hell both on and off the field before finally regaining his sensational goalscoring form recently.
Schemeichel believes that a change of scenery could do the striker the world of good telling Ekstra Bladet “I think it would be good for him to get away, it would be good for him to play for another club. Real Madrid under Mourinho, is someone that could handle him and get the best out of him” he explained
“It is painful to say that that the best player you have, which he is at United, he is better off trying something new” he continued “United will probably not sell him to another English club, but a change of scenery would help.”
Much of course will depend on the attitude Sir Alex Ferguson has towards his star player. Many have been surprised at how much Ferguson has been prepared to bend in order to accommodate his star players many indiscretions. Perhaps the one that may have caused most offence was when Rooney and his agent virtually blackmailed the club into agreeing to a vastly improved contract.
Sir Alex has for years been renowned as a man who finds it almost impossible to accept such behaviour – and he can be ruthless, as has been shown many times in the past. There has been an underlying feeling ever since that the matter was only settled with a short term fix in order for the club to obtain a maximum transfer fee at the right time.
Rooney’s undisciplined television camera rant has cost him an appearance for the club in the FA Cup semi final derby. Despite Fergusons stout defence of his player in public, he may be seething in private and could end up being the last straw.
The emergence of Javier Hernandez as a genuine Premier League quality striker – a ready made replacement for Rooney in exchange for a massive transfer fee, may also help sway Ferguson’s thinking. At the back of his mind, Sir Alex will remember the fact that the £80m he got for the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo did not exactly prove to be a fatal blow to the club.
Schmeichel’s controversial suggestion may not be as incomprehensible as it appears to be to some fans. Rooney’s needless but frustrated outburst at West Ham could also indicate that he has possibly had enough of England, while England – and maybe Ferguson, has had enough of him!
Do you find the possibility of Rooney going to Real difficult to accept?