Manchester United Football Club are looking like a shadow of their former self under Jose Mourinho, with the self-proclaimed Special One seemingly having a real positive impact on the current playing squad. That has included a lot of rotation due to the fact that the Red Devils are still in four competitions.
Our current club captain Wayne Rooney isn’t even a guaranteed starter any more, and as you’d imagine, that has raised questions about his long-term future at the Theatre of Dreams.
Ahead of the Saint-Etienne clash tomorrow evening, reporters asked Jose Mourinho about whether he believes our 31-year-old forward will be at the club when the start of next season comes around.
“You have to ask him,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. “I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week so how can I guarantee a player won’t be here next season?”
“What I can guarantee is that if Wayne one day leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club.”
“The only thing I can guarantee is that I would never push, or try to push, a legend of this club to another destination.”
“So you have to ask him if he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving on. I’m happy to have him.”
“I have been very open with you. I don’t want him to leave.”
Considering we’re only in February, it is hard to judge whether or not a player will still be at the club when the summer window opens. A lot can happen in a few months within football, and at a club like Manchester United, it’s never easy to start week-in-week-out.
I was absolutely chuffed to bits when Wayne Rooney broke the record as Manchester United’s top scorer, and he did it in spectacular style as well. Personally, though, I’ve definitely seen a deterioration in his game, and I now wouldn’t be wholly against letting him leave if the right offer comes in.