The 31-year-old, following a string of poor performances earlier this season, was consigned to the bench by Jose Mourinho, featuring on a largely sporadic basis.
His superb free-kick against Stoke City earlier this month secured his status as the club’s all-time top goalscorer, finally superseding Sir Bobby Charlton’s total of 449 goals.
And according to The Times‘ Paul Hirst, Rooney has told friends he could leave Old Trafford over the summer and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a move to the Chinese Super League in the upcoming weeks.
There comes a point in the career of every high profile footballer where they must call time on life at the top. Some stop perhaps too early, and some – kind of like Jamie Carragher – leave it too late, but Rooney appears to be looking for the exit door at the right time.
He has been left with nothing to prove at Man United: all-time top goalscorer for club and country, a proud owner of ten major honours and, maybe more importantly, the enduring love and respect of supporters around the world. And following 14 years of playing no fewer than 42 games a season, imbued as well by a series of major international tournaments, his legs have called time on a fantastic career, and supporters will be keen to see what he does next.