Recent speculation has linked Rooney with a move away from Old Trafford, especially after David Moyes said he views Wayne Rooney as a back-up next season. Talking during United’s Asia tour Moyes said:
“Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him,” said Moyes.
“Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It’s going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne.
“Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team – the club.
“I won’t allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that’s the heart of it.”
The Rooney camp fired back yesterday, letting it be known that he was ‘angry and confused’ over Moyes’s comments.
United continue to insist that Rooney is not for sale, and that they will not contemplate selling him to one of their key domestic and European rivals.
But that has not stopped Mourinh, who said recently about Rooney:
“He’s quick and direct. He’s a player I like, who I like a lot. But he’s a United player. It wouldn’t be right for me to talk about players at other clubs.”
United hold all the power here as Rooney has two years left on his contract. But do they want this distraction for the next six weeks as every press conference will be about Rooney?