Wayne Rooney’s days at Manchester United finally look like they might be numbered.
It’s fair to say the skipper has been finished for quite some time, his performances this season eventually leading Jose Mourinho – and England interim boss Gareth Southgate – to drop him for club and country.
The former Everton striker has tried everything, moving into midfield and even out wide, but after 12 years at Old Trafford, he may finally have to move on in the summer.
That’s because, according to the Sun, Mourinho has told him to leave if he wants regular first-team football, as he’s just not going to get it at United anymore.
The Red Devils are consistently linked with a move for Antoine Griezmann to replace Rooney, but even with their current options, it’s going to be difficult for him to break into the starting XI.
It’s understood Mourinho is not actively trying to sell Rooney, who has scored 246 goals for United, but he has had to be honest with the player’s advisors.
The 31-year-old still has over two years left to run on his lucrative contract, which means the most likely option is a big-money move to China or the MLS.
Before he does go, Rooney will be desperate to achieve one last accolade at the club – surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 Manchester United goals.
Last season, it looked certain that he would achieve that mark, but with his future in limbo, it can’t be guaranteed.