Rooney’s future at United could well be coming to an end…
Wayne Rooney is said to be ‘angry and confused’ by David Moyes’ latest quotes on the player’s future, according to Sky Sports.
A source close to the player said: “Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of becoming a squad rotation player or by playing second fiddle to anyone at Old Trafford.
“Since he’s returned from the pre-season tour due to injury, Rooney has been in touch with the club and spoken to David Moyes on the phone – he is angry and confused at the way he’s been treated,” added reporter Kaveh Solhekol to Sky Sports.
Despite repeated comments throughout pre-season from Moyes that Rooney would not be leaving, his admission that Robin Van Persie was his primary forward, could well be the nail in the coffin of Rooney’s future.
“Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him. I want as many options as possible,” United’s new Scottish manager said two days ago, as reported by Sky Sports.
To describe Rooney as an ‘option’ has upset and angered the England striker, who is now even more adamant his tenure at Old Trafford has come to and end.
Moyes’ comments seem extremely ill-advised if he genuinely wanted to keep Rooney at the club. No player wants to hear that they only become valuable if a teammate gets injured – and especially not a world class, but volatile performer like Rooney.
The saga symbolises a rocky start to Moyes’ United career. He missed out on Thiago to Bayern Munich, and has yet to bring any established players into the club. Moyes could be left with egg on his face if Rooney does move on, after consistently denying that he would leave.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has also thrown a spanner into the works by declaring his admiration for Rooney. The Blues have struggled in the striker department with the inconsistent Fernando Torres, and Rooney could be given the chance to spearhead the team, which he is denied at United because of Van Persie.
Arsene Wenger has also stated that he is looking to sign a player of Rooney’s status this summer, but European interest in the player seems to have cooled.
It is inconceivable that United would sell to rival Manchester City, so it appears that Arsenal and Chelsea may face a two-way Premier League battle for his signature. It is looking quite likely that Moyes’ comments have confirmed Rooney’s desire to end his nine year stay at Old Trafford.