Mourinho indicated on Tuesday that Chelsea were set to make a third bid for Rooney, just days before the two clubs meet in their first encounter of the season.
But Mike Keegan from the Manchester Evening News understands that United will keep hold of Rooney for the remainder of the transfer window whilst labelling Chelsea’s efforts to sign Rooney as ‘mind games.’
“There is lot of anger and a perception that the latest comments have been made purely to get into the player’s head before the match,” a source close to the club said.
After Rooney reportedly handed in a transfer request at the club towards the end of last season, something that the player denies, his future at the club has been very unstable.
The arrival of new manager David Moyes, who sold Rooney to United back in 2004, is not known whether to have affected Rooney’s intentions either positively or negatively.
Many United fans believe that the club should get rid of Rooney but only to a foreign club like Ferguson did with so many players he fell out with in the past, so a move to Chelsea would cause uproar amongst the United faithful given that it would directly strengthen a domestic rival.
Reports yesterday stated that Chelsea may use Spanish playmaker Juan Mata as bait for Rooney. If this is the case, it would be a massive coup for United with Mata being the younger of the two and in the peak of his career but would swapping Rooney for Mata be a good move for United given what the 27-year-old would add to Mourinho’s side?
The Rooney transfer saga once again brings up argument that the summer transfer window should end by the first game of the season. This is mainly down to the fact that if they wanted to, Chelsea could quite happily make a bid for Rooney just hours before Monday night’s encounter, something which would no doubt rile Old Trafford officials if that was the case.