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Will Fergie Unleash Rooney?

Will Fergie Unleash Rooney?

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that he often sacrificed Rooney's individual talents and held him back in the interests of the team. Could this possibly mean that he's going to unleash him now?

There was a lot of focus on Rooney as his campaign was not exactly prolific though 14 goals and 12 assists in 26 Premiership starts is highly satisfactory, especially as he had lot of injury problems. Still, England seem to expect he would demolish teams single-handedly - not an unrealistic expectation, given his talents, but a misunderstanding of the role he's often given.

Rooney, more often than not, was the real engine of the team, the one who was pulling the strings. And he was asked to do a lot of work, to run, to do defensive duties, to serve up everything nicely to Ronaldo. He did this without complaint and did this to great effect: he played a greater role last season than many would think.

The question is, that with the arrival of another striker, possibly Berbatov, will Fergie finally unleash Rooney and give him the freedom he would thrive on? He admitted restricting Wayne which, for me, signals that he tends to compensate him for it by finally granting him his favourite role.

However, it would also make a nice change if the media gave him a break. I mean, Pele talking about Rooney needing anger management? What exactly does he have to do with it? I don't think either Fergie or Rooney asked for his advice.

I understand all those English journalists who sharpen their pens on Rooney, exploiting his underachievement for England. But he'll never reach the levels expected of him if he's constantly criticised. And when people like Richard Williams of the Guardian write that he's no better than Emmanuel Adebayor than you wonder what exactly should he do to be recognised?

His contribution is underrated but I hope Fergie will grant him the freedom he deserves in order to silence the naysayers. And if I'm forced to accept someone else's opinion then it would be Marcello Lippi's: the World Cup winning manager reckons Rooney is the modern game's model forward.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Wednesday July 23 2008
Time: 8:30PM

Comments

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UNLEASH HIM TO KICK A FEW AND GET RED CARDED I HOPE!
merlin
23/07/2008 20:49:00
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turn caps lock off merlin, it makes you sound retarded.
united4life
23/07/2008 20:57:00
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People just didn't notice his contribution last season. Ditto Tevez and other players to an extent. Because Ronaldo was almost invariably on the end of the goals, he got all the attention, whereas Rooney's assists were rarely noticed. His finishing isn't great, I admit, but with the amount of injuries he had last season, and the amount of time he spent unselfishly passing instead of shooting, it's hardly surprising. If Ronaldo left, and we signed an out-and-out striker, I believe we'd see a return of the old Rooney - the confident Rooney who scored goals for fun. 20 goals for club and country last season wasn't at all bad, considering how often he was played out of position. It's no coincidence that United struggled when Rooney was absent. Oh, and merlin, his temperament has improved a lot - the last red card he recieved was in 2006.
Man utd champions
24/07/2008 10:17:00
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I cant agree with you more Man Utd champions!!! No one mentions rooneys 13 assists to his goal tally as well...CR had only 6 assists!!!! Nani had 14 assists!!!!! BUT, i would like to see Rooney score more! I really enjoy his scoring! He brings with it a fearless atmosphere to the fans and the team,and it drives him even more!
alexpant
25/07/2008 16:46:00
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