Old Trafford villain of the piece attempts to save his Man United career.
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Wayne Rooney was last night fighting to salvage his Manchester United career after a day of crisis talks at Old Trafford.
After insisting he wanted to quit, Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford was persuaded to enter talks with Sir Alex Ferguson and United chief executive David Gill, aimed at resolving the striker’s future.
In what amounted to a softening of the Rooney camp’s stance by listening to United, Stretford was told there was still a way back for his client, despite his explosive statement accusing the club of a lack of ambition.
United boss Fergie met with Gill at Old Trafford at midday, before Stretford was brought into the discussions with a view to assessing whether any kind of compromise deal could be reached with Rooney.
Only 24 hours earlier, Fergie had promised to “put the matter to bed”, admitting the ongoing saga of Rooney’s future had become an unwanted distraction and one that had to be sorted out.
But such is United’s willingness to hold on to Rooney, despite his incendiary comments which have caused outrage among his team-mates, Fergie and Gill have made one last-ditch attempt to keep him.
Fergie is said to have repeated his belief that Rooney would be making the biggest mistake of his career were he to quit United, while Gill re-iterated the club were willing to make the 24-year-old the highest-paid player in their history on £160,000-a-week.
United view getting Stretford back around the table for talks as a significant – if not conclusive – step, given that Rooney and his influential agent were adamant 72 hours ago that there was no further room for negotiation. (Daily Mirror)
So is Wayne Rooney looking to rebuild his reputation and stay at Old Trafford? It is too late for a change of heart? Did the hoardes of protesters outside his house scare him into submission?
It does seem that it is too late for the 24 year old England man to come back from his assertion that the club lacked ambition. He has painted himself in a corner and it would take a manoeuvre of Houdini like proportions for the player to somehow salvage his Man United career.
If he does stay it would surely only be because the club caves in and gives him an even bigger contract than the one they already offered him. Unless of course he stays and then in January the club makes the stellar signings he claims he was promised the club would make.
In many ways it seems that the supporters would rather he left as any climb down from either party would be seen as giving in to demands that really shouldn’t have to be made. If Rooney thinks the club lacks ambition, although no one will believe that to be the case, then he can only stay and save face if the club invests in new additions.
Do Man United fans think it’s too late for Wayne, should he just pack his bags and be on his way? Or do they think that perhaps there is some wiggle room for the undoubtedly talented striker?