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Rooney's potential Manchester United exit could pave the way to stardom for Welbeck

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By: Jason Hope Updated 05 Jul 2013 09:01:37

Rooney's potential Manchester United exit could pave the way to stardom for Welbeck

Wayne Rooney's questionable desire to leave Old Trafford is no secret, Sir Alex Ferguson himself came out and said the former Evertonian had asked if he could leave the Theatre of Dreams, stating the player 'was not keen to play'.

Going on to say 'I don't think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer,' during a post-match interview with the BBC.

The loss of a player with talent such a Rooney's would be hard to take for Manchester United fans or fans of any club for that matter, but with the England international not being at his mercurial best in recent times maybe it would be a positive step for both parties to go their separate ways. After all no player is bigger than the club.

A Manchester United without Wayne Rooney would also clear the path for other young and talented players to come to the fore, in particular Danny Welbeck. The Manchester born forward had been played out of position for much of last season, occupying the left flank more than the sporadic Ashley Young. This greatly affected the 22-year-olds goal return, netting only twice in 18 appearances. But with Rooney out of the picture, that central role behind Robin van Persie would become vacant and Welbeck has more than enough ability to comfortably fill that vacancy.

Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to play Welbeck ahead of Rooney against Real Madrid in the Champions League is testament to the Mancunian and the trust the club have in him and this trust was rewarded with an away goal at the Santiago Bernabeu. The youngster is willing to work and puts in the hours on and off the pitch and Ferguson knew Welbeck had the discipline to do a job for him, traits that will no doubt help him develop into a work class striker under Moyes.

Statistically speaking Rooney is a better player than Welbeck, but statistics don't tell the whole story and if Moyes puts as much trust in Welbeck as Sir Alex did then he will be rewarded with a tremendously talented and skilful forward who will give his all for the cause.

Give Welbeck that chance and he'll take it and once he finds his shooting boots there'll be no looking back.

 


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