Paddy Crerand believes Manchester United signed the best player in the transfer window by keeping Wayne Rooney at the club this summer.
The 27-year-old attempted to orchestrate a move away from Old Trafford but David Moyes’ unnerving stance that he was not for sale at any price stood up to the test of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea attempts to sign him.
After repeated injuries, ‘angry and confused’ statements and a clear desire to move onto pastures new, Rooney looked destined to leave Old Trafford and Moyes’ success in keeping him at the club was the biggest victory in the transfer window according to Paddy Crerand.
“We signed the best player in the transfer window…Wayne Rooney,” Crerand told MUTV.
Crerand may get easily confused by Welbeck and Zaha but he could have a point with his overzealous Rooney statement.
Given United’s failed attempts to bring in major signings this summer, the club would have been left with a huge void if Rooney had left as a replacement would unlikely have been brought in.
He might be disloyal, he might have the wrong prerogatives and he might not want to be at United but Rooney still remains one of the most complete forwards in the world when he plays with his heart on his sleeve. United are certainly better off with him in the squad than without.
Rooney has remained at the club through plenty of departures. Van Nistelrooy, Saha, Ronaldo, Tevez and Berbatov have all left but Rooney hasn’t. You can’t get a bigger indication of just how important he is to United than that.
Fans won’t boo Rooney and rightly so, a United player should be supported until the bitter end, and if he can return to his old self this season then having that Rooney in the team could well feel like a new signing.
Do you think keeping Wayne Rooney was the best bit of business of this season’s transfer window?