Wayne Rooney will remain at Manchester United says Sir Alex Ferguson despite links with PSG
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Wayne Rooney has a long term future at the club, despite numerous press reports linking the forward in a summer move to French club PSG. Rooney is fourth in the all time United goal scorers, behind Jack Rowley, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton and will be participating in his ninth season at United in August. Rooney’s exclusive in the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid made the morning papers, which was no doubt a blessing for Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir. Ferguson was quoted as saying that established players, like Rooney, have a significant part to play in the development of the younger players next season.
Sir Alex was speaking to United Review about Rooney hitting his peak at the age of 27:
“You have to look at the structure of the club at present, in terms of the number of first-team players we have at 23 or under. David de Gea, Rafael, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Nick Powell, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck. Shinji Kagawa and Chicharito (Javier Hernández) are 24. Jonny Evans is 25 and Wayne Rooney is hitting his peak at 27.”
The legendary manager, who won his 13th league title in England last week, also spoke of brining in new signings in the summer, but didn’t mention Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, who has been strongly linked with a move away from the club, despite reaching the European Cup final after a 4-3 aggregate win over Real Madrid:
“Hopefully the players we bring into the club in the next year or so will be of the quality we need. We’re competitive in the market – we’re not Chelsea or Manchester City in terms of money but we’re competitive. “We’ve been doing a bit of work on that over the last three or four months, targeting who the players are that we feel could enhance us, make us better or help us maintain the level we’re at.”
Fergie also went on to discuss the the older statesmen of the squad and the youngster Adnan Januzaj:
“Older players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand may be coming towards the end of their careers, but these younger players are the foundation for the next five or six years, irrespective of the players breaking through, like Adnan Januzaj, the Belgian boy, who’s really looking very good.”
Wayne Rooney has hit 16 goals in 36 games in all competitions this season, which is a goal every 0.44 games, which although isn’t as impressive as van Persie’s 0.64 goals per game – it is a decent return for a player who’s goalscoring can be inconsistent from season to season. See the charts produced for the 4-0 Norwich City that looks at Rooney’s goal scoring over the years. I wouldn’t want to cash in on Rooney yet. Despite the flirtation with City and the rows he has reportedly had with Ferguson – he is still an absolute class act when on his day, which although hasn’t been that many times this term – at 27, he still has time on his as he is hitting his peak years.