22
Mar

Beckhamesque! Wayne Rooney scores from halfway line

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Wayne Rooney makes $500,000 a week for Manchester United, which would normally infuriate every single one of us. But on this weekend, he’s worth every penny of that sum. Why do we say that?

Because look at this goal, that’s why:

Simply stunning.

Rooney’s half-volley rocket from about the halfway line gave United an early, thunderous 1-0 lead over West Ham, and David Moyes a rare reason to jump up off his bench in ecstasy. On the other side, poor Hammers keeper Adrian could only tumble to the ground helplessly as the ball swerved up and over him.

Good thing David Beckham was sitting down. The United legend was in attendance with his sons, clearly impressed by what he just witnessed:

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Beckham, of course, knows a thing or two about scoring long-range golazos. He smashed one in from a similar spot as Rooney seventeen and a half years ago, against Wimbledon:

So, whose is better?

Sky Sports (h/t BBC Sport) asked Rooney himself if his goal was better than Beckham’s, to which the Rooney replied: “Of course, yeah!”

"It was just instinct," Rooney added. "I turned, had a quick look and saw the keeper off the line. I’ve tried it many times and thankfully it went in."

16
Feb

Beckham wants CR7 Miami deal

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Following the confirmation of David Beckham’s new team in Miami, he pledged to bring some of the world’s best stars to USA’s east coast. Well, he could be starting to deliver on his promise already. In Sunday’s newspapers the former LA Galaxy midfielder has been linked with bringing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Miami. 

Other rumors in the tabloids focus on Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney signing a new contract and Robin van Persie potentially rejoining Arsenal.

For these rumors and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

31
Jan

Mario Balotelli takes shot at Three Lions

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This summer, Mario Balotelli will square off against many familiar faces as his Italy side takes on England in the World Cup, and he clearly isn’t worried about it. Talking with reporters, the former Premier League striker said that aside from Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart, no England player would be good enough to make the Italy squad.

From the Daily Mail:

"Wayne Rooney I am sure would get in any squad that will be in Brazil - he is one of those few special players. Manchester United had many good players - but when I was at City (manager) Roberto Mancini and the coaches would always teach us pay attention to Rooney - and make it clear he is the one that can hurt us.

'I know that Joe (Hart) is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world - there is no argument about that. He had some games that he would not have been pleased with earlier this season but the best players in the world hit some bad form.

Both Rooney and Joe are of the highest quality but once you look past those two I don’t see an obvious player from England that would make the Italy team or even squad.”

We’re not here to argue whether he’s right, but one thing is for sure: when these two face off this summer, it’s going to get heated.

22
Jan

Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney

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While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.

10
Jan

Manchester United face double blow

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It never rains but it pours for David Moyes at Manchester United! Last year’s Premier League champions find themselves seventh in the table and a huge 11 points off the summit.

United’s hopes of boosting their roster during the mid-season window have been severely dented with the news Ivan Rakitic has reportedly snubbed interest from the club. If that wasn’t enough, they are facing a fresh fight to keep star forward Wayne Rooney. The England international is considering whether the Red Devils are still the right for him with 18 months remaining on his contract.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer rumors, click here.

5
Jan

Mad Mario, Rooney set for Chelsea moves

The January transfer rumors really are in full swing, as evidenced by today’s round-up of the English newspapers.

In fact, it’s an old rumor reignited which leads the rounds, as Chelsea are said to be considering an audacious $50m bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

Not only that, but Mario Balotelli is said to want a move back to the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho’s side his favored suitors. We’ve got these and plenty more rumors in today’s Paper Chase.

22
Dec

Real search for bargain Rooney deal

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Real Madrid already have an array of the world’s top stars, but they seem determined to improve further still. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco would provide enough flair for most teams. Madrid, however, seem destined to increase those levels in the summer.

In today’s newspapers Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is linked with a move to the Spanish giants. They are reportedly hoping Rooney stalls on a new contract so they can snatch him for a bargain price.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

13
Dec

Jose Mourinho literally laughs off Wayne Rooney rumors

Transfer rumors really are just that: Rumors.

While it’s been no secret that Chelsea manager has an affinity for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, it’s highly unlikely he’d acknowledge any speculation at this time. After all, ‘tis the season for dodging questions!

So, when Mou was asked again about Chelsea being linked with Rooney, the manager laughed it off and asked, “Linked by who?”

Chuckles were had, but the whole room really had a laugh when a member of the media fessed up and said, “Me!”

It gave Mourinho the perfect scapegoat for the question. Jose redirected any further pressing by the original reporter to the one claiming responsibility for the rumor.

And in the end, all of us are left to ponder the truth.

(h/t 101GG)