Will Wayne Rooney be a Manchester United player next season? That question is asked pretty much perennially but this year it is a genuine possibility he could leave the club.
There will be no shortage of suitors for Rooney even though he has gone into the shadows at Man United under Jose Mourinho and his former club Everton certainly look like the most plausible option, especially with Ronald Koeman already talking up the deal.
According to The Times, Everton are already intending to intensify their pursuit of Rooney and why wouldn’t they be? He started his career at Goodison Park and there is every chance he could end it there, although he’s still got a few years left because he is only 31. The Times’ Paul Joyce even suggests Everton wanted to sign Rooney on loan in January but the approach was rebuffed by United, unsurprisingly.
I think at this stage in his career, Rooney’s decision is out of his hands. Mourinho wanted to sign him at Chelsea but when you see Marcus Rashford coming off the bench instead of Rooney in a cup final when United need a goal, that’s indicative that your time is coming to an end.
There are of course going to be offers from China for Rooney who still remains one of the most marketable players in world football but having lived in Liverpool all of his life, I can’t see him uprooting his family to China for a payday. After all, he’s been on Premier League wages since he was 16.
Rooney has been a brilliant player for United, one of the all time greats, but Mourinho is building his United squad looking forward and by the looks of things Rooney isn’t going to be part of it.