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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!)

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“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! 🙂


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.

Rafael Nadal

Despite being a huge fan of Roger “the Fed Express” Federer, I’m really glad that Rafael Nadal won the US Open title last night. He is now one of only seven players to have won all four grand slam titles (the Australian Open, the US Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon), and at 24 years of age, he is one of the youngest players to have done it.

The other players who have achieved this feat are André Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Fred Perry and Roger Federer. By the way, I was once worried that Nadal would win all four titles before Federer; I was so relieved when Federer finally won the French Open in 2009.

I remember once when Nadal played at Wimbledon and wrote a daily blog for one of the British newspapers. His blog was really interesting, but I had to stop reading it because I was starting to prefer him to Federer! This is all sounding a bit weird but I’ll try to explain what I mean.

I think that writing a blog is a great way for celebrities to increase their popularity because it creates a personal connection between the celebrity and the fan. This is especially true for humble guys like Nadal, who was writing about simple things like playing video games with his housemates.

Ever since I read his blog, Nadal has become my 2nd favourite tennis player. I know I should be supporting Andy Murray, but he doesn’t come across as a very likeable bloke. I’d like to see him win a grand slam one day, but I will always find myself supporting Federer or Nadal when they play against Murray.

It’s a shame that Nadal suffers from tendonitis in his knees because I’m sure he could go on to win a lot more tennis titles. He has won 9 grand slam titles and is now ranked no. 1 in the world. It will be interesting to see if he can catch up with or even overtake Roger Federer, who has won 16 grand slam titles. I hope Federer, who at 29 seems to be struggling a bit, manages to win 20 grand slams before Nadal catches up! 🙂

£80 million on ONE player!!!

As a Manchester United fan, I’m a bit sad to see Ronaldo go, but EIGHTY MILLION POUNDS for one player is a lot of money!!

I’m sad to see our best player leave, but he’s been moaning about this move for a long time, so I think it’s time for him to go. Besides, he’s contributed to us winning lots of trophies (3 Premier league titles, 1 Champions league title, 1 FA Cup title, 2 League Cup titles, 1 Community Shield and Fifa’s Club World Cup).

Not a bad return on a player who cost us £12.24m six years ago. I was very excited when he joined, and I was a bit disappointed with how he played in his first 2 seasons. However, he soon settled down, and became such an influential player for us. Being a Man Utd fan, I was able to look past his arrogance and diving, concentrating more on his skillful tricks and amazing free kicks.

Now that he’s leaving, I hope that Rooney will be played in his preferred position in the middle, just behind the main striker. I don’t think that Ronaldo is the only player who should be on his way out, too. I think that players like Scholes, Giggs and Gary Neville should start less games, and players like Nani and Tevez should leave.

I’d like to see us bring in Karim Benzema (a striker) from Lyon, David Silva (a winger) from Valencia and Samuel Eto’o (another striker) from Barcelona. Maybe we only need one new striker, so I’d go for Eto’o. It would also be great if we could bring in another midfield ‘general’.

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