Manchester United are a club renowned for playing host to some of the games biggest legends. One of those guys who have had a colossal impact on Old Trafford is Wayne Rooney. However, if recent performances are anything to go by, his time at the Theatre of Dreams looks to be coming to an end.
The 31-year-old hasn’t been great this term; I think that is fair to say. His touch has deserted him, as has his pace and power. He used to have a huge influence on matches, but now it feels to me like his teammates and manager no longer trust him all that much.
That has led to a reduction in minutes, and as expected, rumours surrounding his future at the club began to circle.
Now, ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright has had his say on Rooney’s situation. The iconic forward was asked about whether he thinks the United and England record goalscorer is being forced out by the club. Wright responded:
“It feels like it [Rooney will leave]. It is a shame,” Wright said to a Sun Goals podcast, as per the Sport Review.
“The way he came onto the scene… he is going out of the backdoor. It feels really strange for somebody who has achieved so much. It feels quite sad.”
I don’t really think United are forcing anyone out of the back door at all. Let’s be honest, Mourinho has never shirked the big responsibility when it comes to selling players throughout his career. He’s a guy who tends to face it head on and that is what he is doing here.
Heck, it was only after the Europa League final when Mourinho said that he’d be happy for Wayne Rooney to stay at the club beyond the summer. Do you really think he’d be coming out with comments like this if he was trying to force him out? Because I don’t. I think the ball is firmly in Rooney’s court and the decision is solely his.