ESPN’s Miguel Delaney says Mourinho doesn’t see Rooney as an integral player in the squad he is trying to build and is therefore willing to let him leave.
As well as that, The Suns Neil Custis suggest Rooney has been told by Mourinho he has to leave Man United if he wants to get regular first-team football again.
Rooney, Rooney, Rooney. The seemingly never-ending debate and problem among United fans is continuing to trickle on but Mourinho has at least taken a firm stance in our last few games having become the first manager to drop him for consecutive games when fit. Gareth Southgate followed suit as England boss. He was once indispensable for United but those days are in the past and I’m not sure Rooney will ever be happy in that new role at the club.
In that scenario, Rooney’s exit from United is inevitable but I feel this story has more to develop this season. Mourinho wanted him at Chelsea and to think he’s seen enough in a couple of months to know he’s know what he wants any more is, although ideal in my eyes, probably not completely correct. I’d be surprised if he didn’t give him another chance to show what he can do.
In my opinion, letting Rooney go this summer would absolutely be the right move for both United and Rooney himself. He’s got a few years left in his legs but he’s just not good enough to get game time at United in any position any more, so that regular first-team football is unlikely to ever come back.
Regardless of whether he’d be happy to accept that wouldn’t change my mind on the fact I’d like to see him leave the club in the summer and if these early reports are indeed correct, then that possibility might be better considered as an inevitability.