Further to Wayne Rooney’s tweet confirming his commitment to the club earlier in the week, David Gill has confirmed that the striker isn’t going anywhere.
There had been speculation over Rooney’s future after the striker was named as a sub in United’s win over Fulham last Saturday but Rooney took to Twitter to dispel this, saying he was here to stay.
Now there is official word from the club as Gill has backed up the striker’s stance saying Manchester United are not willing to listen to offer for the striker:
“Wayne is definitely not for sale and I can categorically say there has been no discussion within the club or with his agent.
“He is on a long-term contract with us and is very integral to our team. Wayne’s a great player who has got a bad injury, but he will come back.
‘He didn’t start on Saturday for various reasons. Alex Fergusonpicks the best team to win the game and that’s it. He’s a manager who’s been so successful there will be rotation.
“Robin van Persie has shown the desire to play for Manchester United, With him, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, Alexander Buttner and Angelo Henriquez, we’ve refreshed pretty well.”
I hate the media in this country but you have to get use to it. Rooney is the crown jewel and he creates headlines and sells newspaper. I knew everyone was blowing it out to make something out of nothing. It shows what a terrible journalist Neil Custis of The Sun in because he knows nothing about Man Utd.
Rooney was not fit, as Ferguson confirmed, and he didn’t want both Rooney and Van Persie lacking fitness in the same team. Rooney is going to play a new role and that will require his normal energy and fitness levels. Ferguson compared his fitness along with Kagawa and other midfielder’s. I think that is the biggest hint that Rooney is going to play a more withdrawn and wider position. We are moving to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
We have sold Park and never brought another wide player into the team. I think Ferguson believes that a position change to an area of more creativity will help free Rooney. As a lone striker he lacked discipline to hold his position and always wants to get involved in the game. The role on the left alongside Kagawa will allow him to do that. Van Perise is more experienced and discipline and will be a better lone striker.
We have Nani and Young to compete with Valencia and Rooney. Ferguson has provided RVP with competition in Welbeck, Hernandez and Henriquez. Welbeck has shown that he can play that left side role as well when he is required. I believe that, with Young and Rooney injured for Sunday, Welbeck will play on the left side against Southampton.
Kagawa is the main man for Ferguson and he will build the team around him, probably not Rooney, as much as his future is still with Man Utd.