The 31-year-old hasn’t started a Premier League game under Jose Mourinho since September 18, and was not even included in the match-day squad for Man United’s visit to Chelsea last Sunday.
His sudden demise has led to many speculating a potential move away from Old Trafford for the Englishman, with various reports suggesting the possibility of a move to China in the near future.
However, Pereira believes the captain must stay at Old Trafford for life.
“No, not for Rooney. He is the club’s icon. You can’t take him away from Manchester United,” he said.
“It will not be the same Manchester United without Wayne Rooney. He has to stay there until he dies.”
To insist upon Rooney staying at United until he dies – like, actually dies of old age – is a bit extreme if you ask me.
I mean, just imagine that: the year is 2040, and Wayne Rooney – pockmarked, completely bald and on crutches – is forced to sit on the bench, just in case United need a ‘different dynamic’ from the bench. He comes on, frantically inhaling from an oxygen mask, for the last ten minutes and sends a couple of free-kicks directly into the stands, and picks up £300,000 for his troubles.
This is, above anything, a sad image, let alone absurd. Rooney will, when he finally calls time on life at the highest level of football, most likely seek out a career further afield, perhaps exploring the ever-growing markets developing in China, the US, or perhaps the middle east, where his polished, god-like image would receive a rapturous welcome.