Manchester United’s current captain Wayne Rooney saw a massive reduction in on-field minutes this campaign. A large portion of that was due to some excellent displays from his teammates like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, coupled with a change in the system as we didn’t really play with a set #10.
However, on top of that, there were some extremely poor performances from the 31-year-old which must have been a real concern for manager Jose Mourinho.
It looked like he has lost another yard of pace, his touch has absolutely deserted him and his ability to hit the target with his shots have just diminished.
Now, current Manchester United Global Ambassador Bryan Robson has had his say on the situation, and he believes that Rooney will not be at Old Trafford next season as he wants to be playing regular football.
“I’d be very surprised if Wayne is with us next season because I think he wants to move on to get first team football,” Robson told BBC Radio Five Live, as per the Daily Express.
Honestly, you cannot fault him for wanting to move on. This is a guy who has been starting matches week-in-week-out ever since he made the move to the Theatre of Dreams and it must be frustrating for him to be watching his teammates from the bench.
I also understand exactly why he hasn’t been starting games too though, and I respect Mourinho’s decision to make him no longer that untouchable figure he once was as it mustn’t have been an easy choice to make.
Whatever happens, he will always go down as a Manchester United icon until the end of time, and his contributions to the cause will never be forgotten.