The obligatory Sky Sports sources have reported that the 27-year-old is “angry and confused” at the club’s approach and is looking to force his way out of Old Trafford, less than two weeks after David Moyes made clear that he had no intentions to part ways with the England international.
According to Sky Sports News: “Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of becoming a squad rotation player or by playing second fiddle to anyone at Old Trafford.
“He believes he has nothing left to prove after nine successful seasons – yet that is what is being suggested by reports in the media which have interpreted the club’s statement as meaning he’s currently on trial for the coming season.
“Since he’s returned from the pre-season tour due to injury, Rooney has been in touch with the club and spoken to David Moyes on the phone – he is angry and confused at the way he’s been treated.”
The news will come to little surprise to many Reds who have grown bored with Rooney’s petulance and his appalling lack of respect for the club, while Chelsea and Arsenal are undoubtedly monitoring the situation with great interest, after both London clubs have been linked with a possible bid for the United striker.
At this stage, Rooney’s departure seems inevitable but, considering new chief executive Ed Woodward’s claim that the club would not be afraid to run down a contract, United might look at cash in now, rather than lose Rooney for free in two years time.