Finally, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has informed England international Wayne Rooney that he cannot be a guaranteed starter in his side. The player who turned 31 on Monday received this bitter news from the Portuguese manager on his birthday.
It is evident that Mourinho was not preferring Rooney with the first side as the veteran did not start for the fourth consecutive time with the 4-0 away loss against Chelsea.
The player has been consistently fading and losing the support of even the Red Devils’ most loyal fan following. At the same time, he has been a wanted man in the United States of America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) and Chinese Super League.
There were talks that the Chinese Club Shanghai SIPG offered him a lucrative £100 million deal and £500,000 a week for a three-year contract in the past. With former England manager Sven-Goran Erikkson at the helm of proceeding at the club, a deal could happen in the next window if Rooney prefers Chinese league over MLS.
“I would argue he still has some good soccer ahead of him,” MLS side Portland Chief’s owner, Merritt Paulson said in August.
“I think he would be a great signing for MLS – 100 per cent MLS would be attractive for him,” he added.