United ca­reer in Roo-ins

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ously close to ex­pir­ing, fer­gu­son ac­cepted a deal of around £25mil from Real Madrid.

Jaap Stam

The gi­ant Dutch­man was voted the best de­fender in the Cham­pi­ons league for two con­sec­u­tive sea­sons, and was still able to fetch £16.5mil when fer­gu­son de­cided to get rid of him at the ripe old age of 29.

Some con­tro­ver­sial state­ments in Stam’s bi­og­ra­phy, in­clud­ing one about fer­gu­son mak­ing an il­le­gal ap­proach when the club were try­ing to sign him, an­gered the man­ager so much so that he was will­ing to sell Stam even though the only re­place­ment he had lined up was an age­ing lau­rent


Ruud van Nis­tel­rooy

An­other Dutch­man to leave United in ac­ri­mo­nious cir­cum­stances was goal­ma­chine van Nis­tel­rooy. He was still good enough to score 33 goals in 47 games for Real Madrid in his first sea­son af­ter he left United, but it didn’t mat­ter one bit to fer­gu­son.

Af­ter a mag­nif­i­cent first few sea­sons where he just couldn’t stop scor­ing, van Nis­tel­rooy be­gan to look dis­in­ter­ested. He looked in­creas­ingly frus­trated on the pitch, and it all came to a head when he had a train­ing ground bust-up with Ron­aldo.

fer­gu­son left him on the bench for the last few games of that sea­son, and on the very last game, van Nis­tel­rooy re­port­edly marched out of the sta­dium af­ter find­ing out he was be­ing benched again.

Roy Keane

In the wake of a scathing rant at the per­for­mances of some of his own team­mates, fer­gu­son had no choice but to let his cap­tain go. His con­tract was ter­mi­nated by mu­tual con­sent, but it had fer­gu­son writ­ten all over it. Keane was al­ready in the twi­light of his ca­reer, but still, few had imag­ined that fer­gu­son would re­move his tal­is­manic cap­tain so ruth­lessly.

Not again!

There’s a real sense of deja vu about the cur­rent Rooney sit­u­a­tion – United fans have seen it be­fore with the Beck­ham-Real Madrid saga.

Just as it was with Beck­ham, Rooney’s con­tract is now run­ning out with just 18 months left on it, and United are un­der pres­sure to cash in soon with clubs from Spain al­ready hov­er­ing around him.

The longer United wait to sell him, the more Rooney’s re­ported £50mil value will de­crease, and United are rather des­per­ate for cash these days. The book­ies al­ready have odds out for him leav­ing in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Also, in the months be­fore Beck­ham’s shock de­par­ture, fer­gu­son had of­ten ex­per­i­mented by play­ing striker Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer in Beck­ham’s po­si­tion on the right, leav­ing the for­mer eng­land cap­tain on the bench.

fer­gu­son seems to have started the same process with Rooney, try­ing out young Javier Her­nan­dez in his place; and the lat­ter’s goalscor­ing ex­ploits against West Brom last week­end would have done no favours for Rooney. q Do you think Wayne Rooney’s al­ready on his way out of Manch­ester United? Log on to Ian-ything Goes at blog.rage.com.my to tell us.

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