ROO’D BE CRAZY TO LEAVE UNITED
MIKE PHELAN reckons Wayne Rooney would be BONKERS to leave Manchester United.
Phelan – who lost his job at Old Trafford as part of David Moyes’ shake-up – thinks the wantaway striker is at the best club if he wants to keep challenging himself.
Rooney is due to have face-to-face talks with new boss Moyes this week to sort out his future once and for all.
Sources close to the discussions have claimed it is presently “60-40” that the England striker will end his nine-year stay at Old Trafford.
The major stumbling block is Sir Alex Ferguson’s statement last May that the former Everton man had asked for a transfer.
It has now been established Rooney did not formally request a move – as he did in 2010 – he merely wondered whether Ferguson saw any long-term future for him at the club.
However, the perception unhappy player remains.
And Phelan accepts it could be an issue.
“It is a difficult one. You can put your first one down to inexperience maybe, the second one is putting yourself right out there,” said Phelan.
“Somewhere along the line there
of an will be some meetings, and they’ll see if it’s still alive and worth going for or whether they’ll call time.”
But Phelan reckons Rooney should stay where he is as there is no better place to be, despite interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris St Germain.
“He is still at the greatest club he could be at, so why would you want to jeopardise that unless you want a fresh challenge and you don’t think that challenge is being met at Manchester United?” said Phelan.
“He might have hit a blip and then it’s easy to find fault with that, but he isn’t the first player to do that and he won’t be the last.
“You just have to nurse them through it and hopefully he responds. But sometimes you have to crack the whip with him, because they’re men, not children.”
The 50-year-old former Man United midfielder, is not bitter at being dumped by new boss Moyes.
Phelan added: “I had a couple of talks with Moyes and he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do. Then we met up again a little bit later and he delivered the message that I wasn’t going to be part of his team.
“Fair enough, you move on. I wish him the best of luck.”