Speaking about Man United’s decline over the last decade, Wayne Rooney spoke about when he felt things really started going downwards and said in his upcoming Amazon documentary: “You could see after 2011; Ronaldo left in 2009, Tevez left, and after that you could see it was going to go backwards before it can move forwards.
“That’s what I could see and that’s why I was asking the questions. Unfortunately, they probably still haven’t recovered from that to this day. It wasn’t a great team in 2013. For us to win that League title was a miracle, really, I think.
A massive part of it was [Robin] Van Persie. I think him coming in gave everyone a lift, coming in at number nine, scoring the goals he scored. That was a bit of a masterstroke from the manager, to bring him in and have him hungry because he was a bit older as well. He really carried us that season.”
The Red Devils failed to get proper replacements for Ronaldo or Tevez after they left in 2009. Antonio Valencia was brought in to succeed Cristiano, while the Red Devils opted to sign Michael Owen to take up Tevez’s place.
United have struggled to compete at the top since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013 and have not won the Premier League title since the 2012/13 season.
They’re currently experiencing a trophy drought that could extend to five seasons without silverware if they’re unable to win any trophies this season.