Mike Phelan believes Wayne Rooney needs a “fresh challenge” at Man Utd
Manchester United officials continue to ponder over how to get Wayne Rooney to put pen to paper on an extension contract. Mike Phelan, who used to be the club’s assistant manager under Sir Alex Ferguson, believes a “fresh challenge” will certainly tempt Wayne Rooney to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney handed in his second transfer request in three seasons, soon after Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager of Manchester United last month. It is believed the 27-year-old England international became tired of playing a supporting role to Robin van Persie or getting directed to stay in the midfield.
The new Old Trafford boss David Moyes is keen on keeping Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, but a quick jog down the memory lane will help remember that both of them have had trouble working together in the past. David Moyes sold Wayne Rooney to Manchester United following a quarrel between them back when he was the manager of Everton.
Upon his arrival at Manchester United, David Moyes immediately made a peace offering to Wayne Rooney, but it appears as if the bitter resentment towards the new Scot is still at heart. David Moyes and Wayne Rooney just recently held talks over a new contract, but no apparent progress can be reported.
Mike Phelan believes the Premier League is the best platform for Wayne Rooney to shine and Manchester United is the best club to provide the England international with an environment that will help him accomplish his ambitions.
“Wayne is at the greatest club you can be at,” Mike Phelan told BBC Radio 5 live. “Why would you want to jeopardize that? Unless you want a fresh challenge and you feel that challenge isn't being met at Manchester United.
“Every player is entitled to express a desire to want to move on. Any player can do that at any time. In Wayne's case, in the first instance in 2010, he took a lot of advice on that and got steered towards making that call but the manager was terrific. He talked to him and asked why would he want to leave the club?
“The press conference Sir Alex gave was a bit of a tear-jerker and it was genuine. There was an element that he'd chased this boy and paid big money. He was the boy that could change United.”