Another blow to Manchester United could be the loss of their captain and talisman, Wayne Rooney.
Ever since his arrival in May, Jose Mourinho has made a big impact on many of the players at Old Trafford. For example, the constant snubbing of Juan Mata and the refusal to play promising young talent like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard has been very controversial in recent weeks.
Signings like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic failing to impress means that the team is in dire straits. So where does this leave Wayne Rooney?
The number 10 role at Old Trafford has become synonymous with the Englishman but recently this has undergone some change. The transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan has given Rooney some fierce competition in an already cluttered midfield. His form isn’t helping either, having just one goal and two assists in the league while the likes of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay rot away on the bench.
The Liverpool native has been no stranger to transfer drama, handing in a request back in 2010 after his poor form and injuries left him on the bench for an extended period of time. The same thing seems to be happening here. And with Jose Mourinho being much more nonchalant about the situation than Sir Alex, Rooney’s days at Manchester are numbered.
There are also rumours that Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, are lining up a huge bid for the Englishman, according to The Guardian, that will tempt him into leaving England. Wayne also played under Eriksson for five years in the national team from 2001 to 2006, which could also be a factor in any potential move.
Rooney has 20 months remaining on his contract and neither the Portuguese boss or the ex-Everton man seem to be in any rush to extend it.
Only time will tell if he fights for his place or decides to leave. But the January transfer window looms.
Luke Kelleher, Pundit Arena