Despite Wayne Rooney's atrocious start to the new Premier League season, Jose Mourinho recently insisted he will never sell Manchester United's captain.
The England international, 31, has started just one of his side's last five games after being dropped for last month's 4-1 win over Leicester City.
He's since made two assists - both of which were lucky - against Zorya and Fenerbahce, but his absence during United's 4-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday suggested he's once again been axed.
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Asked on Sky Sports if he would ever consider cashing in on Rooney, Mourinho said: "No, never.
"I will never make that decision. A player of his stature, a player of his history in the club will never go to point where club or manager want to make that decision for him.
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"I put him on the bench for three matches in a row. That is hard for him, hard for me, so that is being ruthless, to put in my mind the interests of the team in front of the player, prestige, status."
It's a good job Mourinho plans to keep Rooney, because according to The Sun, United's skipper has absolutely no intention of leaving.
In fact, Rooney refuses to call time on his career at Old Trafford until he achieves one final milestone: breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record.
A United source said: "At heart he is just a lad who wants to play football and he is devastated that he has lost his place.
"But he is determined to stay for as long as it takes to break Sir Bobby's record."
Four goals stand between Rooney and breaking Charlton's haul of 249 and, assuming Mourinho eventually reinstates the 31-year-old, he could do so this season.
Much will depend on whether Rooney can resist the urge to act as United's playmaker, though, and instead be a bit more selfish in possession.
He might see himself as a midfield maestro nowadays, but dilly-dallying on the ball in the centre of the park will only hinder his chances of making history at United.
It would seem Rooney is gradually coming around to the idea of being more selfish than selfless in order to realise his dream.
"It's obvious I'm not as quick as I was," he said recently, per the Mirror. "You can always have a football brain. I've got that.
"Of course there will come a time, if I'm not playing, I might have to be a bit more selfish in terms of where I want to play and making that clear. But at the minute I'm happy playing where my managers want me to play."
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