England forward wants to depart the Red Devils this summer after nine years in the north west.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised the attacking qualities of front man Wayne Rooney, indicating that the Scot may be keen on keeping the player at Old Trafford after all next season, says the Guardian.
Rooney, 27, stunned Old Trafford officials by asking to leave the 20-time top-flight champions in a meeting with retiring boss Sir Alex Ferguson three weeks ago.
The England international has reportedly grown frustrated at both not being used in his more favoured central striking berth of late following the arrival of fellow forward Robin van Persie from Arsenal last summer and being substituted in a number of recent games for the club.
However, it is also believed that Ferguson’s decision to drop the player for United’s most important game of the season, at home to Real Madrid in the second leg of their Uefa Champions League last-16 tie, may have been the final straw for Rooney.
However, speaking to the Cambridge Union Society on Monday, Moyes said: “I don’t watch all Manchester United games. But he is definitely one of the best players in the world.
“I remember watching him during training [at Everton] and he was amazing. We [the staff] asked each other: ‘Did he just do that?’ I believe he is the last street footballer, the kind like in Glasgow.”
Rooney has been at United since leaving Moyes and Co at Everton in the summer of 2004 for £25.6 million, during which time he has netted 197 goals in just 400 games for the club.