Former Liverpool player and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that former teammate Fernando Torres' Chelsea career is coming to a close.
The Liverpool legend had this to say on the matter during Monday Night Football: "I'm wondering if Mourinho was sending a message to the owner in the stands.
"We all know he wants Rooney, that's obvious. He's basically saying that his strikers aren't good enough; that's what he's telling the world out there. You could say it's probably the end at Chelsea [for Torres]. I didn't think he was going to have too great a time under Mourinho.
"As soon as Jose came in his quotes were quite negative about Torres. He started him in the first game against Hull and he was poor. I don't think he got stripped for the second game against Villa."
The former Liverpool man has endured a torrid time in West London following a Premier League record £50million move from Liverpool in the winter of 2011. Torres has come under massive scrutiny for his performances, failing to emulate the goalscoring form he displayed at Anfield.
El Nino racked up an incredible 65 goals in just 91 Premier League appearances during a three-and-a-half year stint at Liverpool, but faced injury woes in the World Cup before his big-money move to Stamford Bridge.
Torres has lot the devastating pace with saw him dominate some of the world's best defenders, such as United talisman Nemanja Vidic.
Ironically, question marks over his future are really starting to surface after a game when Mourinho opted for an orthodox left-sided player in Andre Schurrle up-front instead of Chelsea's number nine.
Torres made a short cameo in the second half and while he was more of a nuisance than Schurrle, it was a far more comfortable afternoon for Vidic than in former seasons.
Torres' future has been up in the air for much of his time at Chelsea, but it really is becoming more and more obvious that his career with the Premier League leaders looks bleak.
Mourinho has three forward options in Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Torres, while as shown against United, Schurrle is someone Mourinho might wish to call on.
To compound further misery for Torres, Mourinho sees the area as a weakness with a deal for Anzhi striker Samuel Eto'o reportedly edging closer, while there also remains a long-standing interest in United's Wayne Rooney - who starred against the Blues.
It all paints a very bleak picture for Chelsea's number nine.
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