All About the Dollars? Rooney Staying

Just out this morning at about 4:30 AM PDT.

Just the money?

Wayne Rooney says at Manchester United after signing a five-year deal.

Hell of a way–for the player–to get what he asked for, no?

Raise your hand if you’re a Manchester United fan and you’re, well, embarrassed.

How do the Glazers come out smelling in this one?

Does this just let the air out of the balloon of the Manchester United Supporter for Change group who wanted the Glazers out? Can’t really heckle that they’re not splashing the cash now, can they?

A little less green-and-gold next week at Old Trafford?

More from the reputable Guardian (no relation) in the U.K.:

Rooney has become the best-paid player in the history of the club by agreeing a deal thought to be worth as much as £180,000 a week in a move that will inevitably invite allegations that he and his agent, Paul Stretford, have been guilty of cynical greed to get the best deal possible.

And one more nugget, Rio Ferdinand cracks me up on Twitter

His most recent tweet? “Told you it was going to be a beautiful day” and then Rio eggs on the Sky Sports broadcasters (who’ve been reading his tweets apparently in a monotone”) to read this one with a little more feeling.

Also looking for how some folks will handle their follow-up commentary today. (1, 2)

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Peter on 2010/10/22 at 4:49 AM

    The “supporters” group that rallied against the Glazers were simpletons, trying to create an enemy out of foreigners…..Same as countless simpletons, in countless countries, states, cities, neighborhoods and households all across the globe….


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/10/22 at 5:56 AM

    *If* Rooney was sold, I wonder how much of the transfer fee would have been given to Sir Alex to reinvest in the team?


    • Posted by Marc C on 2010/10/22 at 7:09 AM


      It’s tough to say, because I believe United would owe Everton 25% of the transfer fee as agreed upon during his transfer from the Toffees. It cost United 25.6M pounds, so you would think they would have asked for over 30M? The biggest question (that doesn’t really matter anymore) is where would he go that would give him a better opportunity to win trophies? United is going through their reloading phase (not rebuilding) even stated by Sir Alex himself (he claims you can only be on top for 4-5 years before a new cycle begins). I see the old guard (Giggs, Scholes, VDS, Neville) starting to get phased out while Rooney becomes a leader and some of the young lads earn their stripes. So really, he is in a great club that is focusing on developing young talent. Also, when has Sir Alex ever “paid” for the best player in the world? I believe the answer is “never”. They bought Ronaldo when he was up and coming and then sold him when he was the best player. Sir Alex knows that you develop players into your system so they become the best players, not buy the best players and spend too much money.

      Just my two cents plus a bit of ramble…


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/10/22 at 7:35 AM

        It’s a moot point now but I believe it was 25% of any profit United made on Rooney, not 25% of the total transfer fee.

        Sir Alex and United have broken all sorts of transfer records over the years: please see Gary Pallister, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand and Andy Cole. I believe they were all transfer records at the time and were established players… Then there’s the vast sums he spent on Yorke, Van Nistlerooy, Barthez, Veron. And 26.5M or 13m on Rooney and Ronaldo as 17 years olds? United have a “very positive net spend” on players under Sir Alex – although this figure is likely to be distorted down by one outgoing 80m transfer.

        If clubs could afford to buy the best players they would, but not all clubs can compete on price -I feel that trying to find young, unknown and inexperienced talent is a method to avoid a price war.


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