Rewind almost three years ago to October 2010.
Manchester United’s star player and key man was questioning the club’s ability to bring in big name players, along with their overall ambitions.
Back to the present.
Yet, once again, it looks as if Wayne Rooney will be heading out of Old Trafford and moving on to pastures new.
On the face of it, after Rooney’s first transfer request, everybody involved seemed to get exactly what they wanted. Rooney put pen to paper on a lucrative 5 year contract, propelling him financially higher above any of his teammates. Fergie kept hold of his talisman and, in keeping his ‘promise’ to Wayne, recruited a host of talented stars that would ultimately help United win two Premier League titles in three years.
So, why is Wayne Rooney again desperate to call time on his Manchester United career?
If anyone was left in any doubt over this question, David Moyes has answered it plain and simply. Speaking on Sunday 14 July, David Moyes reiterated that Wayne Rooney is crucial to Manchester United...but only if Robin Van Persie is unavailable.
"Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him,"
These words will not come as a shock for anyone who paid close attention to Manchester United last season. Van Persie was electric, at times untouchable, during his first season at Old Trafford, whilst Rooney appeared predictable, unfit and altogether a level below his new teammates.
David Moyes has left Wayne Rooney ‘angered and confused’ about his position at Old Trafford. Although in reality, this power shift was illustrated back in February when Rooney was left out of the crucial Champions League Clash with Real Madrid with Ferguson favouring Danny Wellbeck and Robin Van Persie instead.
However, what will really anger and frustrate the England international is that Van Persie’s arrival is exactly what he required from Ferguson and Manchester United.
After demanding more star quality at Manchester United and then watching fierce rivals snatch away the Premier League title a season later, Robin Van Persie was enlisted to take some of the goalscoring burden off Rooney’s shoulders.
Yet, as Van Persie netted 26 times in 38 Premier League appearances, Rooney stagnated.
His figures of 12 goals in 27 appearances may not convey the image of a disastrous season but his performances spoke louder than his goals. Wayne Rooney got exactly what he wanted. A £250,000 pound a week contract, a star studded squad around him and a 5th Premier League Winner’s medal. But, as we know, there’s nowhere to hide in football.
Wayne Rooney told Manchester United to move on. Manchester United moved on and Wayne Rooney has been left behind.