Fans have been let down by the man close to acheiving greatness
As far as twists go, Wayne Rooney leaving for Manchester City is a monumental one. And the infamous “once a blue, always a blue” phrase that goes along with Rooney wherever he may go may just ring truth again. Circumstances that were pretty unimaginable six months ago.
The general feeling amongst United fans is one of hurt and confusion. Hurt that last year’s top goalscorer would even consider turning his back on the club having been a terrace favourite since his move from Everton, hurt that their talisman, the one for whom they showed so much love for when under-fire, would even consider joining City. And they’re confused, oh so confused.
The 2009/10 campaign was hit best ever. His transition from boy into man was greatly recognised and appreciated. That was the case against West Brom on Saturday. Even going through what looks the least purple of all patches, United fans chanted from the back of their throats for the man to come on and rescue them; he came on yet he did not rescue them. Fans have been let down – although you feel you can hardly read much into that. For, fans will genuinely miss him. Manchester United will miss him.
Old Trafford is his home or so it seemed. Exactly two years ago this week, a defiant and courageous Wayne Rooney was kissing the United badge amidst the jeering of thousands of angry Evertonioans. It looked as if United was his actual ‘home sweet home’, not Goodison. That scenario could repeat itself again at the Theatre of Dreams, with Rooney, dare I say it, in the blue of City kissing the crest of the neighbours who have become more a nuisance in the last few years.
And, having felt betrayed and hurt (that word again), I still have an undying love for Rooney, undying that is, if he uses his brain and turns his back on City. Better yet, if he stays at his adopted home. Old Trafford. One can only dream, and some dreams never become reality – what is for sure is that he probably won’t be at United any longer. Fans are hurt, and Rooney, so close to achieving legendary status, will never be forgiven. Loved, but never forgiven.