"So you gotta let me know Should I stay or should I go?" The Clash - "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
There are many times when music can synchronize with what goes on in this wild and sometimes wacky world of sports, but I couldn't help but chuckle this morning as I was listening to Pandora and contemplating my next column. All of the sudden "Should I Stay or Should I Go" came on, and a little light bulb came on in my head.
The Manchester United/Wayne Rooney saga has been going on for what seems to be years. While he's yet to go to the media saying he wants out, the 27 year old forward is obviously unhappy. Why is he unhappy? Well, most would agree that he's been unhappy since his relationship with former coach and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson soured. Wayne is a quality player, there's no denying that, and yes, he should ALWAYS be his club's first option in attack.
I realize that Robin Van Persie quite simply had a stellar year on Man U's road to Premier League glory, but we must also remember that Wayne has been United's #1 forward for several years. Is it sour grapes on Wayne's part? My honest opnion is no, and I'll explain why.
Let's look at the numbers, because, as we well know, they don't lie.
In 401 total appearances for Manchester United, he has scored 197 goals. That includes all Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, and FA Community Shield goals. My friends, that's what we call "Production". When Wayne is healthy, he's dangerous. When he's in form, he's dangerous. He's Wayne Rooney, he's dangerous.
Wayne has a lot to offer any team, and while United is staunch in their position to not sell him, it would be unwise to make him stay. Reason being? If United doesn't take steps to ensure he stays, and stays happy the remainder of his contract, he will have no choice but to force their hand.
I hope that for United's sake, if he decides that he needs to play football elsewhere, that they get something for him. While it won't be easy replacing a player of Wayne's caliber, it will be harder to replace him if they lose him for nothing.
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