Wayne Rooney has lost his place in the Manchester United starting lineup. The forward has been in decline for a while now, and it seems that he is no longer important to United. The 31-year-old, who has also operated as a midfielder, has started only nine Premier League matches for the Red Devils so far this season, scoring two goals and providing five assists in the process. During the 2015-16 campaign, Rooney scored eight goals and created 42 chances in 28 league matches for the Old Trafford outfit.
Rooney has been on the books of United since 2004 and has a contract until June 2019, but the England international has consistently been linked with moves away from Old Trafford. There have been reports of him moving to China, while his former club Everton have been linked with a summer bid. It seems that the 31-year-old’s time at United is coming to an end. Even if Rooney plays his part in guiding Jose Mourinho's side back into the Champions League, it is hard to see him remain part of the Portuguese manager’s plans for the 2017-18 campaign.
Wayne Rooney is one of the greatest players in the Premier League era and remains an important player for Manchester United. Rooney may be 31 years of age, but the England international is still going strong and has a fair few years left in him at the very top level.
Rooney has been on the books of United since 2004 when he joined from Premier League rivals Everton and has a contract with the Red Devils until June 2019. The forward has been linked with a move away from United, with clubs from China reported to be interested in his services.
In a bid to step up their pursuit of Antoine Griezman and Victor Lindelof in the summer transfer window, Manchester United have budgeted a whooping £130 million to get the business done.
United manager, Jose Mourinho believes it is needful to improve the squad if his side is to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013 and has therefore prioritized the Atletico Madrid forward to bring more attacking power and Lindelof of Benfica to strengthen the back-line.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that the criticisms targeted towards Wayne Rooney are unfair and that he believes that the player is doing his best on the field.
Indeed Rooney has been the subject of intense criticism in recent weeks after a poor start to the season and was even benched by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. However, there are signs that the player is fighting back and recent performances with his club has shown that Wayne Rooney is gradually coming back to his best.
A 3-1 win over Swansea City recently at the Liberty stadium was enough to ensure that Manchester got back into the Premier League title race on a fresh start after coming off with just one win in six league matches
The Red Devils got the necessary boost after the news of how North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham ended up in a 1-1 draw, with both team thus failing to advance up the League table.
The Interim manager of the England’s senior men team, Gareth Southgate declares that captain Wayne Rooney must display positional discipline during his managerial tenure.
Under-21 coach, Southgate took over the senior team following the departure of Sam Allardyce, who was recorded by undercover reporters discussing the circumvention of Football Association transfer regulations.
Southgate assured the England international, Rooney that he will retain his captain band despite having lost his place in his club side, Manchester United first eleven.
José Mourinho says that Wayne Rooney has hid an injury – suffered during training – in order to play in the Europa League encounter against Fenerbahce.
The striker has been starved of first-team opportunities over the last few weeks. Many have even blamed him for the poor run of form experienced by Manchester United at the start of the season. Rooney has been one of the greatest players for the club over the last decade. In fact, he is about to write himself in the history of the club if he manages to score three more goals in all competitions.
The man whom Hodgson preferred for the corners was Harry Kane and Rooney let the youngster do it versus Russia, but, he felt afterwards that the Spurs striker was not too enthusiastic about doing it in the following game.
Rooney is of the opinion that it should always have been him delivering the corner balls and not Kane because Kane was better suited to play with the delivered ball due to his wonderful aerial skills and should therefore remain inside the D only.