TEAMtalk readers debate where Wayne Rooney could go if he was to leave Manchester United, while the fighting talk ahead of Liverpool v United has started…
Anything to get off your chest? Have Your Say.
Would you take Rooney at Arsenal?
A question that is being asked a lot lately and one that has too many ifs and buts to answer it with enough information…
His wages at club level are probably as discussed the single biggest stumbling block. Watching him on the pitch it strikes me from afar that there is something wrong with him mentally… perhaps other issues unknown to the general public may be weighing on him or perhaps he is merely trying too hard after some bad games to get back into rhythm. The constant being shunted to different areas to curtail deficiencies in the team over a few seasons will also be playing a part in his difficulties now. Would Ibra have moved to midfield or into a wider area when he was in his mid to late 20s for the sake of the team? Now Utd and England fans appear to be turning on the lad when he really needs the support from everyone. Albeit as a Gooner I have not watched Utd as much as a supporter or fan will have and have not noted the gradual decline as others have stated, so like most things its about impression you have.
For me for Arsenal not at this time, although you could make a good case for him. For England I would still have him in the squad if getting game time at Utd if not I would if the manager still invite him to training sessions with squad and if injuries happened I would still have no qualms in picking him.
Which right-back should United target?
Payet’s ‘assist’ for Pogba’s goal against Netherlands perfectly illustrates the nonsense of collecting these stats. Payet lays the ball off around the halfway line to Pogba, because there’s nothing else on, who unleashes a wicked shot. How did Payet help the goal be scored? Did he make the Dutch defence stand off or Steklenburg fumble? All he did was make a 5ft pass under no pressure in an inocuous area. Who has the assist for Maradona’s great goal v England in wc 86′. Maybe to goalie for rolling it 10yrds? Nothing against Payet at all, he is a top draw game changer. But assist stats are utter nonsense
Build up to Liverpool v Man Utd
Ryan Babel says he was badly coached by Rafa Benitez…
As the saying goes, you can’t polish a turd. All the coaching in the world would never turn Babel into a player. A total waste of space when he was here, and now he’s again displaying the attitude problem that caused his departure from every club he was ever at.
Perhaps somebody should try to coach him to shut up and put some work in.