Monday, July 5, 2010

Wayne Rooney to Face More Pressure at Manchester United Next Season

Wayne Rooney had his best season at Manchester United last season. He scored 26 goals in the Premier League, and thus, taking the second spot among the top scorers just behind Chelsea’s Didier Drogba. In fact, his excellent form was instrumental behind United’s title race.

Though Manchester United failed to defend the title, they finished just a point behind champion Chelsea and remained in the race till the last match of the season. No doubt, Rooney’s form was inspirational for the whole team. However, it has a bad side too.

After Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid last summer, the Red Devils became heavily depended on the English striker throughout the season and it took a heavy toll on the player which was reflected in his poor form in the World Cup in South Africa.

It is believed that Rooney was not in good shape physically and mentally. Now, it seems that Rooney is going to face more pressure at Manchester United next season as there is no one in their attacking line up whom the Old Trafford club can rely on.

The main thing is that Manchester United is going through a financial problem at the moment and they can not bankroll a big money deal to bring in a player of Ronaldo’s stature. On the other hand, their youth academy can not suddenly provide a pool of talented young players like it did in early 1990s when players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Neville brothers and David Beckham came through United’s youth academy.

Moreover, Manchester United is also planning to offload Dimitar Brebatov to bring in Karim Benzema from Real Madrid. However, given the recent form of Benzema, it seems less likely that he would be able to deliver at a level that United is looking for from him. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed Mexican striker Javier Hernandez this summer and is also planning to add Spanish striker Raul from Real Madrid, while Michael Owen is already in the squad.

Raul and Owen have already seen their best, while the impact of Hernandez is not certain. Overall, it seems that Manchester United would go into the next season hoping that Wayne Rooney would replicate his last season’s performance.

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