Not so long ago things were looking up for Rooney, after yet more rumors that he wanted to leave he was awarded an outrageous new 5 year deal worth 300k a week. It was also thought that with Vidic leaving Rooney would also be made captain for next season. He also had a manager that has always believed in him and was probably Moyes’s first man on the team sheet.
This could all now change with Van Gaal’s appointment, with a big chance that things could change for the Englishman. Firstly Van Gaal is known for his disregard of big personalities and superstars in teams, something which Rooney has always seem to have. If Van Gaal had been managing at the time of Rooney’s second attempt to get a huge contract then Wayne probably would have been out the door.
Secondly the Dutchman has normally always employed the 4-3-3 or the 4-2-3-1 formation when managing his teams in the past, although he has stated that he can be flexible this could be trouble for Rooney. There is a high probability that Van Persie will be play up top on his own so where does that leave Wayne. He isn’t going to play on the left like he did from time to time with Fergie so it looks as if it would be a battle with the Spaniard.
Until Van Persie got inured earlier in the season Moyes was trying to incorporate all three of United’s star men with Mata drawing the short straw and being shifted out wide. When RVP was injured Rooney was moved up top and it didn’t take long and something that all football fans knew was that how good and how much more effective Mata is in the number ten role. So the battle would be between Rooney and Mata to probably play at the spearhead of a middle three or behind the striker.
Another problem for Wayne is Van Gaal’s friendship with Van Persie, this could see Woodward’s plans go out the window. As Rooney was pretty much nailed on to be the United captain next season with Vidic leaving. Van Gaal could very easily appoint Robin as Captain for next season as he already has for the Dutch national team. This could very well put Rooney in another one of his moods especially if he doesn’t get much play time in the coming season.
A big factor for Rooney and his future under Van Gaal is to impress this summer at the World Cup. This is something many England fans and people around the world have expected from the ex Everton man. Understandably you can see why people think Rooney should shine in the big competitions with his form for United over the years, but this hasn’t been the case. Still yet to score in a World Cup his performances have been poor for his county and he will need to show something this summer to try and sway Van Gaal to play him.
Best case scenario for Rooney is Van Gaal adopts a formation with two up top allowing him to play alongside Van Persie with Mata in behind feeding them balls. Van Gaal also makes Rooney captain and backs him for the time as United manager. Or worst case for Wayne could be for Van Gaal to give the captaincy to Robin, drop Wayne from the team and leave him on the bench cutting his play time dramatically.
An interesting scenario that some fans would be against but many fans in favour of would be for Van Gaal to just sell Rooney. I’m sure Ed Woodward and the board would throw a fit but the new manager isn’t afraid off upsetting people. Many fans will never forgive Rooney for his attempts to leave the club and selling him would finally give Mata a better chance of a starting spot every week without having to drop him of Rooney.
This being said even if Van Gaal wanted to sell Rooney United would try everything possible not to sell to another Premier League club. With Chelsea very interested after reportedly putting in a couple of bids last season which United quickly quashed. United would ideally want to sell to a foreign club but there are many clubs who would be silly enough to pay £30-£40 million and his ridiculous wages. There’s probably only PSG who would be mad enough to pay that sort of money for a 30 year old, there’s also Real Madrid but they are looking at other targets such as Aguero and Suarez.
There are many questions surrounding next season with the new man in charge, Van Gaal will have to make a bid decision with Rooney. Whether he incorporates him into a system or cut his losses and convinces the board to allow United to sell him. What are your opinions on Rooney, should United keep him or sell him?