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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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Football, then more football

I played football today for the first time in ages! I was in two minds about going to play today, but I’m glad I decided to go.

Six versus Seven

I played in goal at the start of the match, and made a couple of world-class saves! 😀 We always switch keepers once we concede a goal, so after I conceded a goal, I moved out and played in attack. It was a 6 v 7 game because one of the players didn’t turn up.

I’m still not as fit as I’d like to be, and I kept running out of breath during the first 20 minutes of our game. The whole match lasted for just over an hour. I got better towards the end, and scored a couple of goals too. My side won the game, but we had 7 players on our team, so we had an extra man advantage.

Manchester United v Liverpool

I then met one of my friends in a pub in Angel and watched the Manchester United v Liverpool game at Old Trafford. The pub showed the match on a giant projection screen so it was really cool. Unfortunately, two guys were standing and watching the match in the middle of the pub, and they were blocking my view.

Manchester United scored a goal (through Berbatov) just before half-time, and the scores were 1-0 at the interval. I got up to buy a drink, and kindly asked one of  the guys if he would move slightly, as he was blocking my view.

Angry Liverpool fans

It was then I realised they were Liverpool fans (angry Liverpool fans!); they said they’d been standing there since the start of the game, and that I should move instead. Idiots! I just left them and carried on watching the game as best I could.

Steven Gerrard – captain fantastic!

Berbatov scored a wonderful second goal in the 59th minute, so I thought we had won the match. However, our defence has been so poor lately (please come back from injury Rio Ferdinand!), and Liverpool scored 2 goals in 6 minutes! The first was a penalty (which Gerrard scored) and the second was a free kick (which Gerrard scored again!). We need a midfielder like Steven Gerrard!

He who laughs last….

The Liverpool fan who had told me to get lost earlier was so happy that he ran towards the big screen and screamed at the top of his voice. The things football does to people! I had the last laugh though, as Berbatov completed his hat-trick in the 84th minute, and we hung on to win the match 3-2. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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