Manchester United and Liverpool working together?
According to ESPN, England striker Wayne Rooney has had a change of heart and now wishes to remain at Old Trafford.
It must be noted that said player has failed to hand in a transfer request or make one statement to the media indicating his desire to leave his club, unlike other high profile professionals in the division.
The suave and seductive overtures of the newly-appointed ‘happy one’ Jose Mourinho resonated in his post-match interview following Monday’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea on the BBC. “We didn’t start the story, somebody start[ed] the story, by clearly saying … I want to go to Chelsea”
However, the ‘chosen one’ David Moyes has been resolute in his stance that his former Everton protégé is not for sale, thus rejecting two bids from Chelsea already this summer.
Pros and cons
On the surface, a move to Chelsea looks appealing as their trophy cabinet begins to swell backed by Roman Abramovich’s billions.
However, a closer look at the West London club’s strategy on and off the pitch reveals a ruthless drive for success, regardless of the tireless servants of the club.
In the decade since the Russian oligarch took the reins at Stamford bridge, the Blues have accumulated 11 trophies including a Champions league title, but at the expense of nine managers.
Only Didier Drogba managed to cement himself as a striking legend in that era, while numerous ‘superstar’ signings from Andriy Shevchenko to Demba Ba have failed to live up to expectations. One can never overlook the horrendous £50 million Fernando Torres transfer tragedy.
Chelsea invariably play with a lone marksman supported by a plethora of creative midfield talent, backed by a solid back four.
This is much unlike United, who allow Rooney to drop in behind the likes of Robin Van Persie and create his own space and opportunities.
The warning signs are ominous for England’s number one striker.
The Daily Mail claimed back on August 10th that Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer Family and Liverpool owner John W. Henry, who are well acquainted in the U.S. sports arena, made an ‘unofficial pact’.
The Americans covertly agreed to stop their respective prize assets, namely Rooney and Luis Suarez, from moving elsewhere in an effort to ’curtail player power’.
The England number 10, along with the Uruguayan sniper, have now both apparently humbly agreed to honour their respective contracts.
The owner of the ‘Villains’ is none other than Randy Lerner, accomplished American businessman and philanthropist.
A stretch of the imagination?
Whether Henry and the Glazer’s actually had an agreement is pure speculation.
What is fact, is the American business model’s intolerance of players holding their employers to ransom.
Whether you agree or not, the rapturous appreciation for Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Christian Benteke by their loyal following, despite perceived transgressions, is a clear indicator that the fans who are the driving force behind any club are in full support… For now.