Is Rooney worth the bumper pay deal?

Wayne Rooney, flanked by chief executive Ed Woodward and manager David Moyes, signs his new contract at Manchester United
Wayne Rooney, flanked by chief executive Ed Woodward and manager David Moyes, signs his new contract at Manchester United

There has been much speculation in media circles about whether Man United striker, Wayne Rooney is worth his new bumper pay deal of £300,000 per week for the next five years.

Someone who has played a ‘blinder’ in this saga but rarely gets mentioned is Rooney’s agent or agents who used Manchester United’s poor run of form to get their man a massive wage increase.

As United’s frustration with results grew this seaosn, Rooney’s agents were making sure the media was carrying stories of him moving to other clubs.

Now, in my opinion (and I’ve been correct about this same issue in the past), Rooney was going nowhere but given United’s situation they panicked and made the player (and his agents) very rich indeed.

The ‘newly thatched’ one’s record in the Premiership is impressive with 209 goals in just over 400 appearances but surely recent performances have suggested a worrying trend in his play.

Rooney is now dropping very deep into midfield and while I can’t fault his work ethic, he can’t hurt opponents from this particular area of the field and David Moyes needs to be strong and push him into a more offensive role.

Value for money will only be answered over the next few seasons but Rooney is clearly capable but delivery is another issue . Only time will tell the answer.