It’s quite remarkable to think that the last time Wayne Rooney completed 90 minutes in a Premier League match was September 18.
It reflects Rooney’s dwindling importance to Manchester United. He’s no longer their most important player and is currently only good enough for the bench.
Would it surprise anybody to see Rooney leave Old Trafford next summer? Jose Mourinho is adamant that he won’t sell the forward but talk is cheap in football.
There are reports that Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, were prepared to offer the England international £500,000-per-week to leave United.
And Shanghai won’t be the only interested party, should United make Rooney available. The MLS has proven a haven for players who are no longer good enough for the Premier League.
Nobody wants to silence the critics more than Rooney. But having turned 31 yesterday, 14 years in the top flight is catching up to him.
The Sun’s Neil Custis wrote an interesting column in which he explored Rooney’s plight at Man United.
“The way he was performing in training, Rooney realised he could no longer compete,” Custis wrote.
However, it was his quotes about a rumoured bust-up between Rooney and Marcus Rashford earlier in the season - as well as Rooney’s reaction - that caught the eye.
“When there was a rumour he had a bust-up with Marcus Rashford earlier this season, he was quick to pull me to one side to point out it never happened,” Custis wrote.
“Rashford, after the alleged incident, was also full of praise for the standards Rooney has set at Old Trafford.”
Those rumours of a fallout between the two United forwards certainly escaped the eye.
As spotted by 101GreatGoals, Man United fanzine Red Issue posed the rumour to United youngster Callum Gribbin on Twitter.
Gribbin is likely to be close to Rashford, having spent time with him in the Red Devils’ youth setup.
The fact that Rooney dismissed the rumour suggests that it never happened, or that a mountain was made out of a molehill.
Although Rooney does have reason to be upset with Rashford after the 18-year-old leapt above him in United’s pecking order.
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