According to the back pages of the Guardian, the Daily Mirror and the Sun, a previously disaffected Rooney has been briefed on United’s plans in the transfer market.
As Daniel Taylor writes in The Guardian: “Rooney was given advance notice about the £37.1m deal to sign Juan Mata and has also spoken at length to the manager, David Moyes, and the chief executive, Ed Woodward, about their vision of the club under the Glazer family's ownership, in complete contrast to what happened when [Sir Alex] Ferguson was in charge.”
“The England striker has been trusted with transfer-market information and kept in the loop about possible signings in a move that acknowledges his importance to the club and a recognition, at the highest level within Old Trafford, that a player of Rooney's stature deserves to know whether a team who have been struggling all season have the financial muscle and ambition to put it right.”
Ferguson revealed in his recent autobiography that Rooney – who agitated for a move away from Manchester United in 2010 after publicly questioning the club’s ambition – told him to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, only to be told to mind his own business.
But in contrast to Ferguson’s intransigent stance, Moyes has proved more flexible by keeping Rooney up to date on the club’s successful record transfer for Chelsea playmaker Mata, whose arrival is a real statement of intent for a club currently struggling in the league.
Rooney was believed to be keen on a move to Chelsea last summer after Ferguson claimed the striker had once again asked to leave Old Trafford, but Moyes has worked hard to keep him in the United fold.
As well as consulting the star on transfer developments, it is also reported that Rooney will be made United captain if and when Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Rooney will also be offered a new contract which could be worth up to as much as £300,000 per week. But it is news that he has been consulted over the club’s recruitment policy that is the most eyecatching.
As Taylor writes in the Guardian: “While United would not ordinarily discuss transfers with players, the discussions show an understanding on their part that it would be self-defeating to keep him out of it.”