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Should Manchester United let Wayne Rooney go?

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Feature 10 Jul 2013, 18:35 IST
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Robin Van Persie (L) and Wayne Rooney

Robin Van Persie received all the accolades for helping Manchester United silence the ‘noisy neighbours’ by claiming a record 20th title, and rightly so, as the Dutchman went on have one of his best seasons in the Premier League.

Persie scored 26 times in 38 appearances for United which made him the highest goal scorer for the 2012/13 season of the Premier League, and it also won him the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year at the club’s end-of-season awards.

This was followed by a common belief among the Premier League fans that it was Robin Van Persie alone who won Manchester United the 20th title, to which I strongly disagree.

Manchester United had 20 different goal-scorers in this season, which is more than any other team in the history of Premier League.

Back in the 2011/12 season, Wayne Rooney had a brilliant time scoring 27 times in 34 appearances and he was soon considered as one of the most important members of the Manchester United squad. The dynamic Manchester United talisman was considered as important as Cristiano Ronaldo had been to the club; he was not just a striker, but was someone around whom Manchester United’s game would revolve.

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