Wayne Rooney could make his comeback for Manchester United in friendly behind closed doors against Spanish side Real Betis today. The 27-year-old is still to feature in a game under new manager David Moyes after returning home from United Australasian tour with a hamstring injury.
Rooney, however, could line up today alongside the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Nani and Antonio Valencia, as Moyes wants to get as many of his players up to speed as possible, particularly those who missed out on the tour due to injuries, ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield, the season’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley.
With only two weeks left before the start of the season, Rooney’s future remains largely unclear, for the striker has refused to publicly commit to the club and has been subject of a £23m offer by Chelsea, which was refused by United. The club, on the other hand, are still to land a significant signing and are determined to keep Rooney, but won’t go as far as offering him a new deal, or even a guaranteed starting spot, for that matter.
Rooney was scheduled to make his official return against AIK in Stockholm next week and is thought he’ll seek further clarification with David Moyes regarding his future at the club. Rather speculatively, some newspapers yesterday claimed that Rooney will make his decision based on the reception he’ll receive at Old Trafford, where he’s scheduled to appear in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial on August 9.
Rooney has probably already made his mind up – his agent definitely has – so has David Moyes and the same can be said for a lot of the fans and the sooner this saga comes to an end, the better for all the parties involved.
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