Bryan Robson has admitted he doesn’t understand why Wayne Rooney would want to leave Manchester United.
Captain Marvel spent 13 years at the club all the way through the 1980s until United’s Premier League dominance was underway in 1994 and scored 99 goals in 461 appearances.
He always played with his heart on his sleeve and simply loved United, so he has been left confused as to why Rooney is pushing for a move away for the second time in three years.
“I don’t know what’s in the head of Wayne and his agent – why he wants to leave,” he said.
“I know he had loggerheads with Sir Alex but David Moyes is the manager now.
“To me it is so important for him to concentrate on his football this season.
“I don’t know what he sees – the grass is greener on the other side – the fans love him, the players love him so I don’t see what the unsettlement is.”
Rooney’s disputes with Ferguson were clear and I thought that his retirement this season was a move that could revive his career at Old Trafford but he is still chasing a move away.
United are understandably reiterating that Rooney isn’t for sale given how important he is to the club and Robson believes that if he were to leave, United would struggle to replace him.
Robson continued: “If you have a top player there is no way you want him to leave.”
“Wayne is 27. He is in the top six strikers in the world – what are you going to have to pay to replace him?
“Everyone would like to see Wayne Rooney settle down and be part of the team to try to retain the title.”
Robson is right that United fans would love to see Rooney come out and declare that he wants to stay at the club to work hard under Moyes because his talent is still there, it is only his hunger that has left.
Replacing him would be almost impossible with only three weeks left in the transfer window and if Moyes can convince him that staying is the right decision and Rooney decides to embrace the new challenge, he could easily score 30+ goals next season but it all boils down to what Rooney wants which could be to end his time at Old Trafford.