Remember last month when Wayne Rooney publicly declared his intention to leave Manchester United? And then a few days later he agreed to a new long-term deal with the club. More than a month after signing a new deal with the club, Rooney has finally issued a public apology to the fans. The Stretty Rant team has been campaigning for Rooney to apologize to the fans, and we are pleased to see an apology has finally been issued.
Rooney made his first start for United since the contract saga on Wednesday against Rangers, scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot. Following the match, Rooney addressed concerns regarding an apology to the fans: “I feel like I have apologised to the fans but everyone keeps saying that I haven’t. If that is the case, then I apologise for my side of things.”
During the saga, one of the controversial topics was the possibility of Rooney leaving for the blue side of Manchester. Tensions escalated so much that a group of fans turned up at his house holding a sign that read: If you join City you’re dead. Rooney also took time to quash all speculation surrounding that possible more to City: “Everyone is saying that I was definitely going to Man City. Believe me, if I had gone it wouldn’t have been in England.”
Along with issuing a long-awaited and highly necessary apology to the fans, Rooney also made sure to emphasize his commitment to the club: ”I have made my point clear since I signed my contract that I am committed to this club for the long term and I want to be successful with this club.”
United fans have been split on whether Rooney deserves forgiveness yet. Some have put the incident in the past, while others believe he still needs to redeem himself. I tend to side more with the latter. It’s going to take more than a goal and an enthusiastic celebration to win back my affections. Rooney’s comments were both disrespectful and traitorous to our club, and that is not something easily forgotten. This apology, despite being overdue, is certainly a step in the right direction. If Rooney rediscovers his form and leads us to a record 19th Premier League title, then all may be forgiven.
For the time being, it is important to accept his apology and give him our support. There’s a difference between liking him as a person and supporting him as a player. Rooney is always going to be an important player in the pursuit of silverware, so let’s get behind him as we make our push to become the most successful team in England.
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