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Should ‘Chicharito’ Be Starting Ahead of Rooney?

Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Manchester United at Bloomfield Road on January 25, 2011 in Blackpool, England.

One year ago Wayne Rooney was over half way through completing a season filled to the rim with goals. He was on his way to banging in a grand total of 34 vital goals for Manchester United with the hope of lifting the Premier League trophy for the fourth time in his successful on-field career. Alas, the coveted trophy was not placed in his hands to raise aloft to the Old Trafford faithful and scream with overwhelming delight, and since the end of that prolific goalscoring season, his form has taken an almighty nosedive to the depths of obscurity.

When will he surface? It is hard to tell. The 25 year-old United striker has scored only three goals this season, and despite creating and linking up well with his currently on-form colleagues of Dimitar Berbatov and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, he has not been as sharp or anywhere near as prolific as he and everyone else associated with the club would have hoped. The saying goes, “Form is Temporary Class is Permanent”, and this is one thing that everyone must remember, because if there is one thing that Rooney proved last season that he has in abundance, it is on the field quality – class.

This is the man who was given the job of stepping into Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots after he left, with the burden of scoring goals heaped onto the England strikers more than capable shoulders. He delivered that season, and perhaps even grew out of the boots he was supposed to replace, with him handing in a transfer request during the summer. His reasons were because he did not think the club had the ambition for further success. This is the club who is probably the most successful in English football and one of the biggest names in the world whilst being managed by the most competitive of men on the planet, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The hopes were, that Rooney would redeem himself by proving his worth on the pitch with some more goals. By deciding to stay, he accepted a hefty pay rise, one that is quite extraordinary, even for the modern footballer. £250,000 a week isn’t so bad is it? But this wage has only caused problems. His supposed worth each week has not been lived up to with his performances on the pitch often being pretty dire, especially in front of goal.

United can thank the one formerly nicknamed by the tabloids “Berbaflop”, Dimitar Berbatov for the unbeaten season remaining in tact. The Bulgarian has covered for Rooney’s lack of goals with his surge of them, and the former Tottenham striker just can’t stop scoring at the moment with 18 goals to his name, and currently holds first place in the Premier League’s top scoring rank.

Rooney’s other competition, and perhaps the more threatening to Rooney’s first team place is the “Little Pea”, Hernandez. The Mexican 22 year-old is adored by Manchester United fans thanks to his “head down – job done” attitude which has earned him 8 goals, all at very important times.

At Blackpool on Tuesday, United were 2 – 0 down, and playing shockingly poor. Rooney included. The game changed when Giggs and Hernandez came on, with Rooney departing. The final score? Manchester United beat the Tangerines 2 – 3, in which both Berbatov and Hernandez scored. I think that very game summed up Rooney’s season.

But why has Rooney been so disappointing? His ankle issues obviously disrupted his progress, and in time, affected his confidence and form. The allegations and troubled private life also proved a punch in the gut for Rooney, who we’d all thought had grown out of this stage of his life while the abysmal World Cup performance drained every ones energy. Then there was asking to leave Manchester United. When you do that, you know there are serious problems, and the problems are not with the club, but with the player.

The very thing that can revive Rooney’s season is the same thing that made last season so very special for him. Goals. A couple of lucky ones in a game, a few truly world class moments in 90 minutes, even just a few exquisite touches and passes, any of these things could be the trigger, the spark that could set off Rooney’s season one again. Does Sir Alex play him in his bad form, and wait patiently on the touchline to see the transformation, or does he replace Rooney with the deserving Javier Hernandez while Rooney has (more) time to sort his head out.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent. Lets see the class player change his form for the better, and fast.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



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  2. Cal

    January 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I personally would start Hernandez ahead of Rooney Until Valencia returns, Valencia was the making of so many Rooney Goals, So start Hernandez and get it in Rooneys Head, Top paid players should play their best 95% of the time.

    Hernandez deserves more match time because he is learning the english way of playing football and he is always 100% in what he does…Then bring on Rooney if the opposite team are preventing Hernandez from scoring etc to mix it up.

    • Joe

      January 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

      I agree with Valencia having a massive impact on Rooney’s scoring, but also fergie could slap Nani on the back of the head, tell him he doesn’t have to beat a defender 4 times to get a cross in an put it in the danger area earlier. Too many times Nani opts for trickery instead of the early ball in. It surprises me that Fergie puts up with it. If Nani was playing for a kids sunday league he’d be told “Let it in earlier”!!!!! givin the right ball rooney will score. Also playing rooney on the left isn’t gonna get him goals either.

  3. Segun fagbola

    January 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Rooney is a class n needs tme 2 return 2 form.We re al humans.His presence on d pitch scares opponents n he has hi wrkng rate.4 chicha cmng 2 dliver as sub is gr8 4 him n d team .Any gud team shld ve a gud sub 2 lift trophies.Form is temporary.And class is permanent.

  4. bimbo

    January 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    hernandez deserves a startin place rooney shud b benched 4 d next 3 games n lets c wat d berbarito combination wud look like

  5. roc

    January 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    yes play chicharito,rooney might be class,so is chicharito,when valencia comes back i thnk chicharito will even score more goals.

  6. bprlal13

    January 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Chicharito gets very little time to play,usually the last 10 minutes ,and yet he delivers,Rooney starts almost always, and yet only 2 penalties and a goal? I think if Chicharito was given the equal amount of time as Berbatov ,the Top scorer would be little Pea,WE have given Rooney time is Now time to give Chicharito’s his.I mean ,i know Rooney is a capable striker,but first he needs to straighten himself,why should we deprive a aspiring player like Chicharito who is living his dream(his own words).AT, least give the kid 30 min.

  7. kim

    January 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    chicharito deserves more time in the games i ♥ him

  8. carlos

    January 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Chicharito should start. He has the skills and speed to score most every game he plays.

  9. John Kenney

    January 29, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Sir Alex is the best man manager I have seen at any level – he may use the Little Pea more but is unlikely to burden him with #1 striker status in his first year, especially with the extra burden of having to cover for Rooney. The last few weeks have seen ordinary ManU midfield performances and that has not helped Rooney. I think The Boss will get Valencia back, get the midfield working as they did last season and persist with Rooney until then

  10. Hugo

    January 29, 2011 at 2:54 am

    I believe Chicharito deserves and prove he can be a starter, but i still think we need to stay with Rooney and Berbatov up front. Despite Rooney not being in form were still top of the league 5 points clear of aresenal. Chicharito has played a huge part, but as a super sub but i think this has to do a lot with the fact that Berbatov and Rooney and the rest of the offense physically brakes down the opponents defense. As soon as Chicharito goes in his speed, touch, and ability is just to much for any defense to handle. I never felt this about a player, but you get this feeling as soon as he goes in he is going to score.

  11. anthony

    January 29, 2011 at 7:16 am

    i do think replacing roo whith chicha would be much presure on chicharito would he or would he not crack on presure i dont know but that if he deserves to be starter you bet he gets sometimes just 10 mints of play most of time and still scores as for rooney gets the 80 mints and no goals so he deserves that and more and its not neccesary bad to be called supersub its good but come on no player wants to be supersub for the rest of their football life chicharito deserves to eventualy be a starter in man u may be not this year but it has to happen other wise sell him to real madril

  12. Charles

    January 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Maybe “chico” is not ready to start every single game (at least not yet) but i would like to see him more than 10 minutes per game!!! So when berbatov leaves ManU wich will happen soon he’ll be at his best 🙂

  13. Chars

    January 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Chicharito is a world class player and deserves to play more than 10 min per game. Berbatov and Rooney should be up front during the first half and Javier Hernandez should sub Rooney during the second half. at least until Wayne Rooney return to form.

  14. Randy

    February 3, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I think that he should be starting over Rooney, but he also may be one of those guys who does so much better when he comes off the bench.

  15. jesus fernandez from mexico

    February 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    hello friends! (No matter what anyone says’ top gear lol) just kidding and now, we make jokes too many people and nothing happens so it must be taken, from the point of Rooney and chicharito hernandez, in my opinion is already a legend Rooney all players and any athlete goes through ups and downs and must be taken into consideration, is a reality chicharito worst is excellent as it brings the grand master Sir Alex Ferguson, just a short time to time to ripen well, I also wish to see more than 10 minutes, but something Sir Alex is who he is because he knows what he does, here the point is to amalgamate rooney and Javier Hernandez to be a killer duet I trust be so, but be patient with the great wayne. Greetings from Veracruz, Mexico.

  16. Jimenez

    March 23, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Chicharito rocks the goal field. He is an awesome player. He is good. He deserves to play more time in the field.

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