The Aftermath

Does Berbatov’s arrival spell curtains for Rooney?

Ferguson set to destroy another ego

Wayne Rooney

As Berbatov strode around Man United HQ in the small hours, sleeping Wayne Rooney was probably having a great dream about a bubblegum goat. Unfortunately, he will have awoken this morning to a nightmare as two sad truths set in: a. the amazing goat wasn’t real, and b. Berbatov’s arrival at Old Trafford means his prime spot in the team has been taken.

Ferguson has been shifting Rooney around for ages, often squeezing him into the team with all the grace of a tot jamming a square peg into a round hole, and he even admitted that he has been wrongly playing him out of position. But now what choice does he have? Berbatov is a better centre forward, and anyone debating the worth of Rooney over Tevez is wasting their time – the Argentinean is simply more valuable to the team, and a more consistently impressive player. The wings are taken by Ronaldo (world’s best player) and Nani.

So, unless Ferguson changes the system – tantamount to football suicide – Rooney must be put on the bench, long term. How well will that go down with “the best player of his generation”?

The Spoiler assumes “not so well”.

6 responses so far
  • idiots // September 2, 2008 at 10:22 am

    What are, idiots? Get a grip, do you know what a squad is by any chance? Do you even know what football is?

  • honest abe // September 2, 2008 at 10:24 am

    When a team competes for the premiership, champions league, Fa cup, carling cup, World cup championships. That team needs to be pretty big, with plenty of options. United needed a third striker. Manucho is unproven, and they sold Saha.

    Rooney being droped for some games isn’t the end of the world. It’d be nice if he got droped back to midfield as Scholes replacement. That would probably be his best position.

    England would be well screwed though, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney…. it’ll never work.

  • Craig // September 2, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Silly, silly article. Just trying to get on Newsnow I guess?

  • Chris // September 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Rooney will never get left out.

  • anthonyOA // September 2, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    well i think he could do the scholes job well when scholes finally retires. although scholes has been outplaying rooney lately so…

    rooney is kinda screwed eh?

  • ynx // September 3, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    do the words ‘alan’ and ‘smith’ mean anything?

    another promising young english striker forced to play in midfield…well, at least riise’s in italy.

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