Wayne Rooney has been left in no doubt regarding his position at Manchester United with David Moyes, the manager, issuing a stark message that the striker is considered vital only if “we had an injury to Robin van Persie”. Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, also underlined the hardline stance towards Rooney, claiming the club have no fear of a player’s deal running down.
With Rooney not for sale and Woodward insisting there are no plans to open contract talks despite the England international entering the last two years of a deal that pays £250,000 a week, Moyes urged Rooney to prove his worth. “Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him,” said Moyes, speaking in Bangkok before United flew to Sydney for the next leg of their tour.
“I want to be able to play the two of them, I want to use Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernández as well. I want to give myself as many options as possible.”
ANI ADDS: Chelsea is the favourite to sign Wayne Rooney after the striker faces a slightly discomforting position regarding his future with United, while the EPL champions think of getting big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.