Speculation is mounting that Wayne Rooney may be heading out of Old Trafford in the summer.
Manchester United appear to be making cool business decisions in respect of Rooney and seem to be prepared to cash in on the player before he turns 30, when his value will plummet.
Rooney is an enigma to me. Like Michael Owen, he burst on to the scene at a very young age and looked like a world beater in his early years.
In recent times, though, he has lost his edge – still scoring for fun when he applies himself against the lesser English sides but he has failed desperately to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he was once compared.
Rooney would struggle to get in the Top 30 players in Europe in my opinion, which makes his sell-on-ability very difficult. In short, who would buy him and why?
He doesn’t seem to slot into any of the top English teams mentally and his game is not suited to the Continent, except arguably in Germany where they like more direct play.
So he will struggle to go somewhere where they can and would match his wages and he doesn’t have the off-field charisma of David Beckham to add to the mix.
Plus, if rumours about his private life are true i.e. he is smoking and struggling to stay fit, what team would take the chance? If Sir Alex can’t keep him on a short leash, who can?
The answer might be Jose Mourinho, who is the one man who could probably pull more out of Rooney. But that is assuming that the Special One wants Rooney that badly, something I very much doubt.
Sadly, it looks like Wayne doesn’t have the self-awareness of someone like Michael Owen so his departure from Manchester United could be the beginning of a downward spiral in his career.
For a player who promised so much, that would be disappointing.
It appears that some people are upset about me talking about the horrible reality of child abuse in this country, particularly in reference to the Roman Catholic church.
I have said repeatedly that child abuse is not a Catholic-only problem; my blogging on child abuse in the RC church is not evidence of an anti-Catholic agenda but IS evidence of an anti-child abuse agenda. For that I will never apologise.
I appreciate that some Rangers fans use the history of child abuse at Celtic to point score. Sometimes this is taken too far and I agree it can undermine the seriousness of child abuse itself to use it as a point-scoring exercise.
But after the last year where administrative errors at a football team sparked off the most disgusting witch hunt seen for many a year, it is only right that a proper perspective is brought to things.
The fact is, as Jimmy Savile, Operation Yewtree, April Jones and countless other episodes have shown, children are at risk from serious harm and abuse in this supposedly civilised postmodern society of ours.
Those who want to “talk about something else” and the sweep, sweep, deny and deflect brigade have had their day.
Child abuse is something we are all responsible for eradicating. No-one should rest until every child can live his/her life free from the fear of molestation.
And decent people should demand that the perpetrators of crimes against children be hounded and prosecuted.
No matter where they come from or which high office they hold.
This biblical passage describes a world where children live in absolute safety:-
The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together; and a little child will lead them.
The cow and the bear will graze. Their young ones will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child will play near a cobra’s hole, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
They will not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.