The rumours linking star striker Wayne Rooney with a move away from Old Trafford have featured once again after the French club Paris St Germain admitted that the 27-year-old is one of the best in the world.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said that they really admire the quality of the striker, but they have not made any official approach with Manchester United. PSG are one of the strongest clubs in Europe when it comes to the transfer market due to the backing of the Qatari owners. The club has invested more than £ 200 million of their money in the transfer market over the last few seasons.
This has enabled them to bring in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, which would have not been responsible. Rooney has been uncertain that United this season partly because of the arrival of Robin van Persie and partly because of his poor form. The 27-year-old has been criticised for not being in great shape this season. However, he has managed to find the back of the net on 12 occasions from the 21 appearances he has made this season.
There have also been rumours linking Rooney with a move to archrivals Manchester city. The player has only a couple of years left on his current contract.
"He is a great player, he is one of the best strikers in the world. I think everybody would like to have him but, if you want to talk about the fact, we didn't approach him," said that PSG president in an interview given to Sky Sports. Rooney has also been linked with several other clubs like Real Madrid as well. There have also been suggestions that Manchester United, who took great lengths to sign the striker on a new contract a few years ago, are willing to sell the player.
Manchester United has defeated Reading FC in a FA Cup match played at Old Trafford on Tuesday. United won the match by 2-1. With this victory, United made its way into the sixth round of the tournament.
United got a very good start in the match and could have taken the lead pretty early in the match, but, Chicharito’s flat shot was blocked by the Reading goalkeeper. United still had chance on the rebound, but, Danny Welbeck missed the opportunity.
Just a few seconds later, Welbeck again got a chance when Ashley Young passed the ball to him near the penalty area, but, Welbeck’s low shot went straight into the hands of the Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici and that chance also went begging.
Reading also had the chance of getting ahead in the first half, but, it was United’s come back man Nemanja Vidic who prevented them from taking the lead by clearing Nicky Shorey’s shot.
Neither of the two teams managed to take the lead in the first 45 minutes and the score was 0-0 at the half time break.
United eventually took the lead in the 69th minute of the match. It was a fine pass from Antonio Valencia to Nani who controlled the ball and then blasted a volley straight into the net to take the Red Devils ahead.
Just three minutes later, the lead of United got doubled. Chicharito scored the second goal for United. Nani was the one who set up the goal with a cross from the right hand side and Chicharito capitalized on that with a header.
The match got a bit tight when Jobi McAnuff opened the scoring for Reading in the 81st minute.
However, after McAnuff’s goal, the United defenders tightened their game and didn’t let Reading equalize the scores in the remaining time.
United will face Queens Park Rangers in its next match on Saturday.
The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has said that Wayne Rooney will have to remain out of action for two more weeks as he has still not recovered from the knee injury that he had discovered while participating in the training session on Christmas Day.
It means that Rooney will miss United’s Premier League match against Liverpool which will be played on 13th of January.
Rooney has already missed three matches because of his knee injury and Ferguson’s statement suggests that he will have to miss a few more games.
When asked about Rooney’s injury, Ferguson said, “Rooney is still not fit. It’s really surprising because initially, we had thought that he wouldn’t need that much time to recover. We had expected him to get fit in 10 days or so. But, it’s getting longer than what we had anticipated.”
“His injury is not a severe one. He had gone for a scan and the reports suggested that it’s not a major injury. But, he is still feeling the pain and it’s a bit of a concern for us. It seems that he still needs a couple of weeks to get back to 100% fitness. I don’t think he will get fit before the match against Liverpool.”
“It’s not good news for us. We have been doing well in the last three games, but, you always want your best players to be fit and available for selection. We have to play quite a few important games in the next couple of weeks and we are definitely going to miss him.”
“Rooney has been struggling with injures since the beginning of this season. But, the players who have got the opportunities in his absence have done well. Hopefully, they would continue doing the same in the upcoming games as well.”
The former Everton striker Wayne Rooney is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, but he is also equally adept at playing in a number of different positions across the pitch.
He has even been used as a defender by Sir Alex Ferguson on a few occasion. However, many think that his best position is just behind the striker. This season, he has largely found himself playing in the midfield due to the presence of Robin van Persie up front. The Dutchman was signing from Arsenal for £ 24 million, and his form has made it difficult for Sir Alex Ferguson to drop him.
On the other hand, Rooney has not been at his best this season. He has been criticised for being overweight at the start of the season. Even though he has made substantial improvement in his fitness, his goal scoring record this season has not been good. This has been partly down to the position of play, which is more deeper than before. Due the presence of three other high quality strikers, Rooney has said that he has had to be sacrificed for the team on a few occasions. However, he is happy to be doing the job for the team anywhere across the pitch.
"I've always said I've no problem doing that playing deep. I think we've got the balance right now. We've got the squad of players and the forwards more importantly who can go and score goals. So we've got options up front and that gives the manager the option to play me deeper or play another forward as well. That's great for the team. Of course I want to score goals," said Rooney. In the nine matches he has played in all competitions for United, he has scored just two goals.
The star striker of Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, is expected to make a comeback for his team in the Capital One Cup match against Newcastle United which is going to be played at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Rooney hasn’t played any match for United since the last one month. He had injured his thigh severely while playing in the match against Fulham. But, he has recovered from that injury now. He has been practicing since the last 5 days and there is a good possibility of him featuring in the match against Newcastle United.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson hasn’t confirmed that Rooney is going to play against Newcastle United. When asked about Rooney’s fitness, Ferguson said, “Rooney has made a very quick recovery and he is almost fit.”
“I saw him in the training sessions and he was looking all right. He was moving well and that’s a good sign. I am not sure if he will play against Newcastle, but, he will definitely be back for the match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.”
Rooney’s injury hasn’t affected the performance of Manchester United in the ongoing season. After losing to Everton in the first match of the season, the team has won five matches in a row. The strikers who got the opportunity in the absence of Rooney delivered for the team and didn’t let the team miss Rooney.
Meanwhile, Ferguson also made it clear that Darren Fletcher will be included in the starting line up of the team against Newcastle. Fletcher had played as substitute in the Champions League encounter against Galatasaray on 19th of September.
Ferguson said, “Fletcher looked good against Galatasaray and he will start the match against Newcastle. He hasn’t started any match since the last 10 months. So, the Wednesday’s match is going to be an important match for him”.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that it is extremely imperative that the club maintain the consistency during this season in order to win any major trophy. Manchester United were left without any major trophy in the bag for the first time in four seasons last season. Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping to lift the Premier league title this time around, which will be the record 20th Premier league title for Manchester United. It is also a major incentive that Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to claim the title from Manchester United's arch rivals – Manchester city.
In order to do so, consistency is the key according to the 26-year-old striker Wayne Rooney. The striker is expected to be paired alongside Robin van Persie in the new season, as Manchester United are in advanced negotiations with Arsenal over the possibility of a potential sale. Manchester United were the first club to make an official offer for the player, and are thought to be leading the negotiations with an offer of around £ 24 million. Wayne Rooney also welcomed the arrival of players like Shinji Kagawa, who has been bought for a fee of £ 12 million that could rise to £ 17 million.
"I played with Kagawa and Tom Cleverley in there as well and the three of us linked up really well I thought, at times anyway. He [Cleverley] was a big miss for us last season. Obviously now with the Olympics he's up to speed, he's got his fitness and he will be an important player for us this season. Kagawa’s been great. He’s a great signing for us and I’m looking forward to playing with him in the season. I feel good," said Wayne Rooney ahead of the start of the new season.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's goal against Manchester City only a few months has been voted as the best goal in the 20 seasons of the Premier league.
Rooney scored a wonderful bicycle kick, which was nominated in the goal of the past two decades category.
The Premier league is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Wayne Rooney's goal has nominated alongside Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Newcastle back in 2002 and also the wonderful strike from Arsenal striker Thierry Henry against Manchester United in 2000. This is the second time a Manchester United player has won the award after David Beckham won the 10 year celebratory award for his goal against Wimbledon in 2002.
Wayne Rooney scored a bicycle kick from a Nani cross against Manchester City at Old Trafford. His goal recorded 26% of the votes, while Dennis Bergkamp's sublime skills and finish against Newcastle turned him 19% of the votes. Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Thierry Henry recorded 15% of the votes for this remarkable goal against Manchester United. Thierry Henry received the ball from the outside of the box with his back to goal. He managed to stun everyone with an audacious long-range effort from about 25 yards out of the goal with his back to goal.
"I grew up watching the Premier League so to be voted the best goal in the history of the Premier League is a great feeling. There's so many good goals in that shortlist, goals that I watched in my living room as a kid: Alan Shearer's goal, Paolo Di Canio's, Tony Yeboah's, David Beckham's. To be competing with them and winning is a great honour for me and something I'm very proud of. I'd like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me," Rooney said.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that he is targeting the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton at Manchester United many years ago.
Wayne Rooney has become one of the main players at Manchester United, and he has so far scored 28 goals in this season alone. He looks on course to beat the record of Dennis Viollet and George Best when it comes to the most number of goals scored for Manchester United.
Dennis Viollet and George Best are currently in the fourth place, while Sir Bobby Charlton leads the record. Wayne Rooney's 175 goals for Manchester United puts him just for behind Dennis Viollet and George Best.
The 26-year-old striker is just reaching the prime of his career and is expected to become a legend at Old Trafford. However, he is targeting the record of 249 goals by Sir Bobby Charlton as his ultimate target. Even though it may take a while before Wayne Rooney ultimately achieves the target, many expect him to reach it pretty quickly if he carries on in the same vein of form.
Rooney has been one of the reasons for Manchester United to be challenging to the top of the table, despite the huge number of injury problems they have faced this season.
"Of course. It would be an unbelievable feeling if I could get his record. I'm still a long way away but hopefully, one day, I will be able to do it. They (Viollet and Best) are obviously club legends and to be in touching distance of their goal tally is something I'm really proud of and hopefully I will overtake them soon," Rooney said recently. Rooney may not have scored in the 2-0 win over Blackburn recently, but the England striker was more than happy to see United get all three points.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is back among the goals after scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers in an English Premier League match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The talismanic United forward has not been among the goals since the middle of September, a period stretching 723 minutes and his two goals against Wolves means he has ended his goal scoring drought this season that saw him begin with a bang and scoring two hat-tricks in successive matches against Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea. The goals cap off a good weekend for Rooney who saw his ban in the Euro 2012 reduced to 2 matches from 3 matches after an appeal, which means that he will definitely go to the Euros with the England squad.
One of the main reasons attributed for Wayne Rooney going through this dry spell in the English Premier League is that he has mostly been deployed as a central attacking midfielder by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been left extremely short of numbers in the midfield area with injuries to Tom Cleverly, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and the indifferent form of Michael Carrick.
However, Rooney himself was happy that he was given that role as he himself thinks himself to be capable enough of playing the role that was played for so many years by the now retired Paul Scholes but The Red Devils suffered heavily due to the lack of fire power up front in the absence of Rooney and their results also suffered, having been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by lowly FC Basel of Switzerland.
Now that United will only have to play in the UEFA Europa League and the English Premier League, Sir Alex can play Wayne Rooney upfront and if he keeps his scoring form going, stopping him will be one mean feat.