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Rooney is staying at Manchester United

(I know… ANOTHER post about Wayne Rooney!!! This is what football does to us fans!)

Photo from soccernet.com

From manutd.com:

“Wayne Rooney has agreed a new 5 year contract to stay at Manchester United until at least June 2015. The agreement follows intensive discussions between the Club and the player’s representatives and means that by the end of his contract Wayne will have been a Manchester United player for 11 years.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

Here are some extracts from the statement:

Sir Alex Ferguson: “I’m pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.

“I’m sure everyone involved with the Club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of.”

Wayne Rooney: “I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history – which is the reason I joined the Club in the first place.

“I’m sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they’ve read and seen.  But my position was from concern over the future.  The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again.”

Moja: “I wonder how much ‘ambition’ Manchester United are paying Rooney every week…. Seriously, though, this was all about money. Rooney said he was concerned about the club’s ‘future’. Now that his agent has negotiated a new deal, Rooney’s future, sorry, I meant the club’s future is now secure. 😉

Rio Ferdinand tweeted that today was a good day, and now we know why. I hope this gives the club a huge lift, and I hope we use this news to improve our performances this season.

Rooney has now apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson and to other Manchester United football players. I’m sure the fans are waiting for their own apology too.”

Rooney saga timeline:

1) News gets leaked that Rooney is thinking of leaving. Man Utd 0 – 0 Rooney.

2) Sir Alex Ferguson releases his statement. Man Utd 1 – 0 Rooney.

3) Wayne Rooney release his statement. Man Utd 2 – 0 Rooney.

4) Fans and other managers criticise Rooney. Man Utd 3 – 0 Rooney.

5) Rooney signs new deal, gets the money he wants. Man Utd 4 – 2 Rooney.

I wonder how Manchester City feel. It looks like Rooney and his agents were using them as a way to increase his new wage package at United. More importantly, I wonder how Uncle Woy feels now that Liverpool’s relegation saga will soon be back in the headlines! 🙂

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Wayne Rooney is leaving Man United

It’s official – Wayne Rooney has decided to leave Manchester United.

Two days ago, I mentioned how lots of sports journalists were excitedly tweeting that Wayne Rooney wasn’t going to sign a new contract. Check out the extraordinary statement given by Sir Alex Ferguson in today’s press conference at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks sad and disappointed. I’ve never seen him get so unhappy about a player leaving our club before. He’s denied having any arguments with Rooney and has clarified the ankle injury situation. A lot of people online (well, journalists and Lord Sugar, really) were impressed with what Ferguson had to say.

At the moment, Ferguson and Manchester United look like the victims while Wayne Rooney (and his agent Paul Stretford) look like the villains. I wonder how they are going to respond.

One thing you’ve got to admit about the whole saga is that this is what makes being a fan of football fan so fun. Crazy things are happening every season; it’s like we’re watching a soap opera. Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far this season:

01. Manchester City spent £126m on 6 players in the summer.

02. Manchester City gave Yaya Toure a contract worth £220,000 a week.

03. Martin O’Neil resigned as manager of Aston Villa.

04. Manchester United signed a former homeless player (Bebe).

05. Wigan lost 4-0 to Blackpool and 6-0 to Chelsea – in their own stadium!

06. Hicks and Gillett took the Liverpool board to court.

07. Hicks and Gillett eventually let go of Liverpool.

08. Liverpool lost to Northampton in the Carling Cup!

09. Liverpool slipped to 19th in the Premier League table!

10. Players have been condemned for too much dangerous tackling.

11. Danny Murphy named managers who apparently encouraged bad tackling.

12. Blackpool have played wonderful, attacking football.

13. West Brom have played wonderful, attacking football.

14. Manchester United keep dropping two goal leads. 😡

15. Wayne Rooney is dropped against Everton.

16. Sir Alex Ferguson confirms Rooney wants to leave Man United.

We’re only two months into the new season, and so many things have already happened. I’m looking forward to lots of other crazy things happening before the end of the season.

Wayne Rooney might be leaving Man Utd

A lot of the sports journalists on Twitter are claiming that Wayne Rooney will soon be leaving Manchester United. Apparently, Rooney has told the club that he won’t be signing a new contract. 😯

How dare he??? 😡 Players don’t leave Man U, Man U leaves players!!! 👿 👿 👿

Alright alright, everybody calm down! I’m only joking.

Blog editor: “Everybody calm down”? Isn’t that what Cenk Uygur is always saying?

(Cenk Uygur is pronounced “Jenk Yu-gar”)

Moja: You mean Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, the best political & entertainment show on the web and the leader of the TYT Army? Yes, I’m borrowing one of his lines. And I intend to borrow more of them in the future.

Blog editor: Just stick to one point. You were talking about Rooney…

Moja: Oh yeah, Rooney.

I think players have the right to move on to another club if they want to. People are always leaving their jobs to get better ones elsewhere, and no-one should be surprised to learn that football players want to do the same. <— Blog editor: Long sentence!

I hope Rooney stays at Manchester United, but if he does decide to leave, I wish him all the best.

Well done England!

England have just qualified for another world cup. This time it was the England Women’s team that defeated the Swiss Women’s team in a play-off match to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Germany. I’m talking about football by the way! 😀

The first game was played in Shrewsbury on the 12 September, and England won it 2-0. Tonight’s match was played in Wohlen, Switzerland, and England came away with a 3-2 victory. It was a good game, and England were leading 2-0 and 3-1 at different points of the match, so I didn’t doubt that we’d get through.

The main talking point was the outrageous dive by one of the Swiss strikers inside the England goal. Romana Bachmann had just scored for Switzerland to take the scores back to 2-1. She tried to retrieve the ball from the back of the net and England’s goalkeeper, Rachel Brown tried to get the ball too. Bachmann then went down like she’d been shot, but you could see from the replays that there was barely any contact.

Unfortunately, her ‘gamesmanship’ worked, and Brown was wrongly shown the red card. I hope the FA can successful appeal against it because it was a clear case of deceiving the referee. I’m now hoping that Nigeria can qualify from the African group so I can have two teams to support next summer. 🙂

Club vs Country

I watched England defeat Bulgaria 4-0 yesterday in our first qualifying match for Euro 2012. Jermaine Defoe scored an excellent hat-trick and Andy Johnson scored his first competitive goal in an English shirt. All in all, it was an enjoyable victory and the perfect start to England’s qualifying campaign.

I would have enjoyed the game even more if Wayne Rooney had scored. Of course I was supporting the whole English team, but it seemed like I was supporting the Manchester United players even more. In addition to Wayne Rooney, the other player from Manchester United was Michael Carrick, but he didn’t play last night.

Rooney played very well, and created three of the four goals. It was difficult for him to score last night because the England manager, Fabio Capello, had asked him to play a deeper role (in front of the England midfield players). I think he can become an excellent attacking midfielder/second striker (like Paul Scholes has done at Manchester United).

You see, I was watching England play last night, but I was too busy thinking of how a Manchester United player could improve his football ability. I do think the national team is very important, and I’d like to see England do well. I have to admit that I’d enjoy England’s performances even more if it’s the Manchester United players who are playing starring roles for their country.

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