With two other strikers firing on all cylinders, should Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson have just taken whatever money he could get for Wayne Rooney?
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[picappgallerysingle id=”9954521″]Let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment, for although he is yet to show it this season, I still believe Wayne Rooney is an excellent player.
However, Manchester United have two other strikers who have begun the Premier League campaign in excellent form.
Dimitar Berbatov has been wonderful this season. He has both scored goals and created them, and Man Utd fans are becoming accustomed increasingly to his nonchalant style of play and appreciating the amount of time he constantly has on the ball.
The Bulgarian is similarly developing a burgeoning partnership with Javier Hernandez – or Chicharito.
Hernandez was expected to take time to bed in at Old Trafford, but has hit the ground running. With five goals in his last six games, he has bettered the club’s expectations of him so early on in his Red Devils career.
This leads us back to Wayne Rooney. It would hardly be fair to drop either Berbatov or Hernandez on current form, and unless a formation change to a three man attack takes place, Rooney may well have to wait for his chance upon his return to injury.
Although of course there is no guarantee either Hernandez or Berbatov will be able to retain their form until the end of the season, with alternates of Federico Macheda, Michael Owen and Bebe – not to mention the on loan Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf, Manchester United have options in reserve.
Some of those are yet to fully prove themselves, while Owen is in the twilight period of his career, but most teams don’t boast such firepower as Manchester United.
It was surely never an option to sell to Manchester City no matter what the price, and offering him to Chelsea would merely strengthen their greatest rivals for the Premier League title. Barcelona are not in tremendous shape financially, and Serie A isn’t quite what it once was.
So purely hypothetically then: were Real Madrid to offer a large amount of cash and say, Karim Benzema, in exchange for Wayne Rooney in January, would you take it?