He was benched for Saturday’s 4-1 win over Leicester City after a run of disappointing form and allegedly knows he can’t expect to keep his spot in the starting XI.
Reports suggest he is set to be included in the line-up against Zorya Luhansk, but he knows his automatic inclusion in United’s matchday squads are over.
There is still two years left on his contract at Old Trafford and he has no intention of leaving the club early.
This day has been due for a while now and while it is sad to see someone who has played for the club for over a decade left on the bench, he can’t keep up with what others on the side have to offer.
Our most impressive display since Sir Alex Ferguson retired against Leicester came from the decision to leave Rooney on the bench and he has looked out of sorts since the start of the season.
He’ll still have a vital role to play at Old Trafford and his presence in the dressing room will be inspirational for youngsters coming through the ranks as a player who has won pretty much everything there is to win at the club.