Michael Owen reveals secret for an in-form and happy Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney hasn’t put pen to paper for a contract renewal at Manchester United nor has he announced his desire to stay at the club, yet the Englishman is speculated to extend his stay at Old Trafford. The new Manchester United manager David Moyes and veteran Rio Ferdinand have made strong statements about Wayne Rooney committing to the Red Devils, so it appears as if the Premier League champions won’t lose their coveted striker. The question before them now is whether they will find Wayne Rooney out of form or at his best?
The 27-year-old England international, who handed in his second transfer request in the past three years soon after Sir Alex Ferguson retired, has been unable to perform consistently. Moreover, the notorious “purple patch” of Wayne Rooney, a string of matches where he records miserable performances before slowly growing into form, has made Manchester United fans and officials impatient with the versatile forward.
Former Manchester United forward Michael Owen understands the problems Wayne Rooney is going through. Michael Owen, who was the last Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or, experienced an early end to his football career. Controversial moves and nagging injuries destroyed Michael Owen’s career soon after he left Liverpool. Michael Owen believes the set of problems Wayne Rooney is facing are all linked to the relationship between the club and the player. The former England international believes if Wayne Rooney feels wanted and loved at Manchester United, the striker can return back to form.
Following the signing of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney found himself tumbling down the pecking order. The striker lost his position in the attack and was even benched at times. David Moyes has promised to restore order of Wayne Rooney’s career at the club. Michael Owen believes Wayne Rooney can become Manchester United’s “main man” once again, but the striker will have to feel loved by his club.
“I don't think it's a case that it's his last chance for a big move, you don't get anywhere bigger than Manchester United,” Michael Owen told talkSPORT. “It's more a case of, is he wanted, is he loved, is he appreciated? He wants to be the top man, the main goalscorer, and I think that's what it all boils down to.
“I think one thing that may have knocked him off his stride a bit last season was Robin van Persie coming in and becoming the main man. If you're the striker in a team for so long you like having that pressure it puts you under, and when someone comes in and gets picked ahead of you on certain occasions, it knocks your confidence a bit and consequently he's not feeling on top of the world.
“He wants to be scoring goals on a regular basis for Manchester United. If that's going to happen then he'll be more than happy to stay. His ideal situation would just to be back in the United team, feeling at the top of his game again and staying put.
“Why would he want to move away from a club like Manchester United? But they've got a new manager now, so hopefully [David] Moyes and Rooney will be on the same page he'll be back and banging the goals in next year.”