Metro contain a shocking story for us here in the Football Transfer Tavern as they note that Wayne Rooney has been forced to train with the Red Devils’ youth team.
The forward’s Manchester United career looks to be over after David Moyes decided he could train with the kids – not the first team as had been expected when the forward arrived at training ground Carrington on Thursday morning.
On the same day it was claimed Chelsea were ready to make a third bid for the England international and would not drop their pursuit of the former Everton forward, Rooney looks even closer to the exit door this summer.
As one of our punters quips, David Moyes is clearly asserting his authority and will be backed not only by the board but also senior players who are thought to be unhappy at the way Rooney has gone about trying to force and move. The striker is finding himself increasingly isolated at Old Trafford.
Should United reiterate that the club are bigger than any single player while making Rooney rot in the reserves, fans of the England national team would be rightly concerned given the World Cup in Brazil next summer. Rooney will need to be on the top of his game, playing week in, week out ahead of next summer’s global spectacle.
Moyes already has three other top forwards at his disposal in the shape of Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck and does not necessarily need Rooney in his line up week in, week out, and with the club refusing to sell to Chelsea – the only club interested – Rooney’s future is looking increasingly bleak.