It is a question of when, not if Wayne Rooney leaves Manchester United, but it won't be before the summer. The 31 year old striker, who has only started 8 of United's Premier League games this season, has issued a statement via the club's website, which reads:
“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United. I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”
Rooney's agent Paul Stretford has been in China to speak with mega rich clubs over a potential transfer for United's record goalscorer. It's hard to believe Rooney has spent 13 years at Old Trafford. He's won 5 Premier League titles and a Champions League crown with the Red Devils, but the days when he could flutter his eyelashes at Manchester City are long gone.
Manager Jose Mourinho may speak in reverential tones about Rooney, and there's no questioning his sincerity, but this is business and there's no room for emotion. Especially with Zlatan in irresistible form.
Rooney can still produce moments of magic, such as the free kick against Stoke City to break Bobby Charlton's record.
And nobody can take this iconic Manchester United moment away, ever.