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Wayne Rooney confirms departure

Here is Wayne Rooney’s statement in full:

“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it. It is absolutely true that my agent and I have had meetings with the club about a new contract.

During those meetings in August, I asked for assurances about the continued ability for the club to attract the top players in the world. I never had anything but complete respect for Manchester United. How could I not have done given it’s fantastic history and the past 6 years I’ve been a part of.

For me it’s always about wining trophies which the club has always done under Sir Alex Ferguson. Because of that the questions I asked were justified. However, when I met with David Gill last week, he didn’t give me any assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him I wouldn’t be signing a new contract.

Despite recent difficulties, I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and mentor who helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was just 18. For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he is a one-off and a genius.”

Here’s my summary of Wayne Rooney’s statement:

“I want to earn A LOT more money, and Manchester United are not ‘ambitious’ enough to pay me what I want.”



****** This is NOT about football! ******

Manchester United drew 3-3 with Everton today. We were winning 3-1 after 90 minutes, and had to hold on for a further 3 minutes of extra time. Somehow, we managed to let Everton score 2 goals in 3 minutes and ended up dropping two valuable points. It’s annoying, but hey, that’s football for you.

I’d like to talk about the decision our manager Sir Alex Ferguson made before the match. He decided to drop our star striker Wayne Rooney because of the amount of pressure Rooney had been under. After we scored the third goal to go 3-1 up, it seemed like our manager had made a good decision in dropping Rooney. However, at the end of the match, it seemed like he had made bad decision. 🙂

It’s interesting how a decision could change from ‘good’ to ‘bad’ in just 3 minutes. For the record, I think he made the right decision, but that would just complicate things. Anyway, this particular decision is being judged on the outcome, rather than the intention. When we look at decisions other people make, do we  focus more on their intentions or more on the outcome? It’s easy to see an outcome, but impossible to see a person’s intention.

One of the biggest decisions made in this country in the last 10 years was Tony Blair’s decision to send British troops into Iraq. A very large number of people told him he was wrong at the time, and they still believe he made a huge mistake. I’m not going into the rights or wrongs of the war in Iraq, but I would like to consider Tony Blair’s decision. If he says he had the right intentions, do we just have to take him at his word, no matter how much we disagree with him?

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