As a disgruntled Wayne Rooney left the Old Trafford field 14 minutes into the second half, after an upbeat dynamic first half from both Rooney himself but also his ‘Galactico’ teammates. Rooney’s rash challenge of course hit the headlines and took the shine away from an important home victory, in which resulted in the England and Manchester United captain receiving a straight red which could of cost his team dearly. That few seconds of madness has opened up the same old questions regarding the temperate of Rooney. Yes, it might of been his first red card for a long time, but ever since his astonishing rise from the Everton youth team to a big money move as an raw 18 year old to Manchester United. Has anything really changed?
The passion, the drive, the determination, these strengths of Rooney’s will never leave him but again he has gone too far. On the other hand, this is man who is edging closer towards breaking the great Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring records for both club and country. His record speaks for itself, 288 goals in 641 games is a fantastic return who a player who hasn’t always been the vocal point of the team, many a time doing a job on either wings or even when required dropping deeper into a midfield position to fill the needs of the team.
Earlier this season, England manager Roy Hodgson stressed how he had seen a maturity in the forward throughout this summer World Cup in Brazil and in the qualifiers previous. This incident in front of his adoring fans must make them wonder if Rooney is up to this momentous task of captaincy? As history uncovers any captain should lead by example and be the symbol of a club like Manchester United, as previous captain’s certainly were; Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona to name only a few. These were all leaders in their own right, with their own unique leadership qualities which delivered trophy after trophy to the Old Trafford faithful.
In this testing time, the captain of Manchester United should be striving for silverware and demanding his right of captaincy and place among the united greats. With ultimately, leading the Reds back to the successes of previous seasons. But as they say, a leopard cannot change its spots.