I hadn't planned to file today - but the longer I was in the gym this morning the more I got to thinking about the subject of Wayne Rooney - again. I wish I could write and work out at the same time! Anyway - here's roughly where my mind was going.
Why is it that this lad, one of the greatest footballers of his generation, constantly gets a kicking from both public and Press alike? Why?
I can hear you all now 'ah, he's your mate so you're bound to defend him'. No he's not. I wouldn't flatter myself and suggest he is. I just happen to believe he gets a raw deal and I'm happy to defend him. It is true that he's been very good to me so perhaps we have one thing in common - neither of us likes injustice.
We're talking about Rooney again tonight on Keys&Gray on beIN Sports. Why? Because everyone else is again right now. Dwight Yorke is with us at the moment - he'll defend him. So will I.
Ok. So Rooney hasn't looked himself so far this season. Has anyone else at Old Trafford?
United have had three shots on target in 180 minutes. Three. So how many chances are they creating with their new brand of possession football? Rooney needs chances. He needs balls into the box. He's getting neither.
If I were a Utd fan (my son is) I'd be more worried about why that is. Where's the width? Where's the pace? Where's that Beckham-like ball from back to front to spring from defence. Gone. All of it, gone.
I hear there are rumblings of mis-content behind the scenes at Utd as players and staff alike struggle to adapt to LVG's abrasive style, but right now, the players are responding to him. Who knows how long that will continue to be the case?
As for Rooney. Lay off. What is he, 19 goals from setting a new goal scoring record for Utd? He's the blink of an eye from posting a England's new goal scoring record. He's a modern day phenomenon. Ask any P Lge manager who they least want to see facing them when Utd come to town and the answer is always the same - Wayne Rooney.
Yes, there were incidents in the past I'm certain he wishes hadn't happened, but he's been on the scene as boy and man and these things happen to all of us as we grow up.
When do you read about him 'clubbing' now? Never. When is he ever in trouble off the field? Never. Even when he's relaxing at home with his mates he has to be on his guard - or some sly weasel will leak mobile footage onto the internet! There's never any real privacy.
Rooney was right about the decline of Man Utd. He drew our attention to the sub standard signings Fergie was making long before LVG ripped apart that last title team because they weren't good enough. Rooney was vilified for doing it.
He's dragged Utd up by their boot laces for the past two seasons on his own - in central midfield. Left midfield. Right midfield. Off the front. Up front - all of it without a hint of frustration. Trust me, when he's gone United and England will have a massive hole to fill. Let's enjoy him while we can and stop beating him up. It's not his fault the going rate for doing his job is beyond most people's wildest dreams. It's the business norm now. Deal with it.
A more pressing question for me is 'what's wrong with Diego Costa?'. I told you about his partying in Ibiza. I said he'd pay a price v City. He did. And I believe had Mourinho had an alternative he wouldn't have played Costa. Maybe he has now? Keep your eyes on a developing situation.
And how long has Advocaat got at Sunderland? I believe if they lose badly this weekend at home v Swansea he'll walk - unless Ellis Short (who's suitably named because he's come up short again on his promises) starts delivering.
Why is Pardew encouraging Bolassie out of Selhurst Park?
And why is Martinez still claiming John Stones is going nowhere?
The weekend may give us some answers.
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In this weekend - Peter Reid to talk about Sunderland's problems. Alex McLeish. Dwight Yorke, oh, and that special guest I promised - Joey Barton.
I'm really looking forward to meeting Joey. I know he's not everybody's cup of tea, but I like him. He's got things to say - and I'm really looking forward to hearing them.
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