The 31-year-old, in light of several poor performances, has been condemned to the bench by Jose Mourinho in recent weeks, and hasn’t made a Premier League start since September 18.
It was reported earlier this month that Rooney, with his time at Old Trafford drawing to a close, was subject to interest from several Chinese clubs.
And according to the Independent’s Samuel Lovett, the Los Angeles side have expressed an interest in bringing Rooney to the states as a big-name replacement for the soon-to-retire Steven Gerrard.
Xavi Hernandez, speaking earlier this week, claimed that, despite his major regression in potency, Rooney did not need to make the step down into overseas semi-retirement.
And yet, one can’t help but feel that Rooney’s lack of speed, mobility and strength looks incongruous in the Premier League’s furiously quick environment. A move to the US, where his reputation remains sky high, seems like the perfect place for the Englishman’s fading powers.
Indeed, this is a transition that many once-great-but-now-notably-past-it midfielders made: Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo, whilst Xavi himself moved to the Middle East.
Rooney will, of course, have reservations over stepping down a level, but the sapping impact of time is a fundamental aspect of the beautiful game and Rooney will, one hopes, come to acknowledge this.