Much has been made of Wayne Rooney being dropped by club and country in recent weeks but the worst is yet to come, it seems.
That’s because, according to Manchester Evening News, the United captain hasn’t been named in their squad to face Chelsea on Sunday.
They claim that Rooney wasn’t spotted with the other players and staff at Stockport Station as they made their way to London.
The report claims that Rooney, who lives in Prestbury, could have linked up with his teammates at Macclesfield station, but they trained at Carrington on Saturday morning before leaving.
Along with Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also not with the travelling party after he was left out of the squad to face Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday.
Other absentees included Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis, photographers said.
While it was always unlikely that Rooney would be installed back into the starting line-up for the visit to Stamford Bridge, it would certainly be a shock not even to see him on the substitutes bench.
However, Manchester Evening News aren’t reporting that Rooney is definitely missing from the United squad, although his absence certainly raises a few eyebrows.
You’d think that, if Rooney is missing from the 18-man squad, that there must be some sort of injury or at least an explanation. But this is Mourinho we’re talking about and we all know the Portuguese boss likes to make a statement.
But this is definitely a report to keep your eye on ahead of tomorrow’s clash.