Why Man United should sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea this summer

Man United have reportedly rejected Chelsea's bid of Juan Mata plus £10m for Wayne Rooney. Here's why the Red Devils should sell

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Wayne Rooney scored 12 Premier League goals last season Photo: bwin

Moyes has a chance to profit on unhappy Rooney

David Moyes is already faced with the daunting task of replacing Manchester United’s greatest-ever manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, fresh from the club’s 13th Premier League title. It’s big shoes for the 50-year-old Scot to fill. So, Moyes could really do without the ongoing Wayne Rooney saga. The England international had an alleged transfer request rejected in May after an unhappy season spent on the fringes at Old Trafford due to form and injury problems. The 27-year-old scored 12 goals and 10 assists, starting just 22 Premier League games. With Rooney reportedly earning £250,000-a-week, Moyes could free up space on the wage bill and banish a gloomy presence from his Red Devils squad. It’s vital the new manager wins over his players as quickly as possible with United facing possibly their toughest Premier League campaign yet. Robin van Persie proved himself more than capable of being United’s main goal threat last season, while Javier Hernández and Danny Welbeck would complement any potential replacement for Rooney.

Hernández could thrive without Rooney

While United supporters appear to be split on the prospect of Rooney leaving the Premier League champions and joining bitter rivals Chelsea, Hernández, despite the possibility of losing a popular team-mate, would relish his chance to fill the England striker’s void. The Mexico international has proven to be ever-reliable when called upon by Ferguson since moving to Old Trafford in 2010. The 25-year-old has scored 50 goals in 117 appearances for the Red Devils, and to his credit, still managed 10 goals in just 23 Premier League games last season (13 of which were substitute appearances). If Moyes placed his faith in Hernández and allowed the clinical finisher to get a run of games under his belt, the Mexican could prove to be a more than capable replacement for Rooney’s goals.

Mata could be the final piece in United’s European puzzle

A lack of creativity and flair is a criticism that has been levelled at United despite their domestic dominance in recent seasons. Especially on big European nights, the Red Devils have come up just short. Rooney was used as a substitute in the second leg of United’s second-round defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League last season, emphasising Ferguson’s declining faith in the Everton youth graduate. The 27-year-old has failed to replicate perhaps his best Champions League campaign in 2009/10 when he scored five goals in seven games before injury hampered his – and United’s progress. Mata has a rich pedigree in Europe, helping Chelsea to successive Champions League and Europa League triumphs, scoring a combined seven goals and making 12 assists in those runs. With Mata embodying Spain’s philosophy of keeping possession, the 25-year-old could thrive alongside another shrewd operator, Shinji Kagawa, with former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas also a possible new team-mate at Old Trafford this summer.

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