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Rooney: I want to join Bayern Munich

by Sam Peoples

rooney-bayern-munichLast night was a bit of a whirlwind for Manchester United fans with rumours surrounding the future of Alex Ferguson.

But the Daily Mirror went with a full page splash claiming that Wayne Rooney has told close friends that he wants to join Bayern Munich in the summer.

Who wouldn’t want to join Bayern Munich? German football is in the ascendency right now, especially Bayern. They have won the league, are in the Champions League final, have already signed Gotze for €37 million and are bringing in Pep Guardiola as manager.

Rumours surrounding the future of Rooney are not surprising given that they crop up every week and this is no different but it raises an important question – should United cash in on Rooney if the opportunity arose this summer?

The reports slap a £30 million price tag on his head in the reports and in all honesty, I’m not sure United could turn down that sort of offer if it came in.

The 27-year-old might have his best years ahead of him on paper but as a player, I feel that we have already seen the best of Rooney. His devastating form in the 2009/10 season where he filled the chasm left by Ronaldo was phenomenal whilst operating mainly as a lone striker.

He scored three goals over two legs against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League but his goals weren’t enough to put United through thanks to an Arjen Robben volley.

This year, his campaign has been littered with inconsistencies and a recent run of games in central midfield so he could have minutes hasn’t done him any favours either, given how poorly he has played.

Yet, he has still scored 16 goals in 36 appearances (the same return he had in 2010/11) and the following year (2011/12) he went on to score 34 goals in 44 appearances.

“I met with David Gill [United’s chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.” Wayne Rooney, 2010

No matter how much is forgotten, the saga of 2010 won’t be forgiven. His relationship with the fans will never be the same again.

You feel that this would be the last summer where Rooney would command a big price tag so maybe it is time for United to cash in.

Rewind 12 months ago and the thought of not having Rooney in United’s starting XI was horrifying. Now that Kagawa and van Persie are in the squad, fans even sometimes question when Rooney’s name is included in the starting XI – a stark contrast.

And despite Rooney being United’s fourth highest ever goalscorer, he is not infallible. The real question would surely be whether Guardiola would want Rooney in his Bayern side given their successes already?

Do you think Manchester United should cash in on Rooney if the opportunity was there?

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