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United Fans Mount Case Against Rooney

As the speculation over Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United heats up, some high-profile Red Devils fan groups say they will support the forward’s departure if indeed it happens.

Alex Ferguson opted to leave his former talisman on the bench for United’s biggest game of the season, as they bombed out of the Champions League against Real Madrid this week.

The similarities between Wazza’s omission and David Beckham’s uncomfortable last few months at United are striking, down to the identity of the club’s European vanquishers.

And while they would prefer it if Rooney stayed to realise the potential to be the world’s best he once showed, many fans say they would support Fergie if he decided the former Everton youth’s spell at Old Trafford is over.

"Everyone recognises Rooney's talent, although perhaps there is some frustration that he hasn't quite pushed on and developed in the way people may have thought he was going to," Duncan Drasdo, the chief executive of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust said, according to the Guardian.

"We always back Sir Alex Ferguson's judgment in the end and, if he did decide to let him go, then that's probably the right decision in the best interest of the club.

“It was such a big match for Ferguson – it could be his last season for all we know. I don't think he would have picked a side for any other reason than it was the best side that might get the best result.”

Barney Chilton, editor of the Red News fanzine, is another United fanatic who can see the logic in letting Wazza walk out the door.

"For parts of his career if Rooney didn't perform, United didn't – and this season that has changed," he said.

"The dynamics changed in one swoop for Robin van Persie – Rooney was no longer the player we overly relied on.”

And John-Paul O’Neill, who writes for Red Issue, thinks Rooney’s flirtation with Manchester City two seasons ago may be the spark that ignited Fergie’s satisfaction that the striker is no longer entirely necessary to United’s cause.

"In 2009, when Ronaldo left, a lot of United fans thought Rooney would kick on and become one of the best players in the world. But he's never hit that level," he said.

"His stock with United fans has definitely plummeted since he put that transfer request in back in October 2010. His relationship with Ferguson has been an ongoing issue ever since.

"I think the performance [againt Real] showed that Ferguson was right to drop him. Until the sending-off the performance and tactics were spot-on.

"Maybe he's gone a bit stale and a move would do him good."

Is the case against Rooney mounting, or will he still be a United player next season?

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