Is Wayne Rooney’s time at Old Trafford over?

Is Wayne Rooney’s time at Old Trafford over?
By Mark Weasley
The wait continues for Wayne Rooney who is still just two goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton in the all time top scoring list at Manchester United.
The 31-year-old England and United captain has had his fair share of criticism for his performances this season, and is no longer the go-to front man at The Theatre of Dreams. That unofficial title has fallen on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the summer signing who has lifted the club with his goals and overall play. Rooney missed the 3-1 win at home to Sunderland due to a muscle injury, but his absence was barely felt, as United cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory, in what was a bad return to Old Trafford for former United boss, David Moyes.

Rooney has lost his goalscoring touch this season, scoring on just three occasions in 22 matches, but has upped his creative side, delivering an amazing ten assists for Jose Mourinho’s side. He has looked out of place up front, and isn’t mobile enough to orchestrate things from a central attacking midfield position.

Manchester United have won four straight matches in The Premier League, in which Rooney has barely had a sniff any of the action leading to the goals. At 31, he is on the last legs of his career, and is suffering burnout, as he has been playing regularly since the age of 16. It also feels like Rooney has lost his confidence and finishing ability, though his class is still evident in spurts.

He is on an incredible £300k-a-week deal at the club, and there have been no talks to extend his contract as yet. His contract expires in 2019, and it is believed Rooney would be willing to leave Old Trafford, if his place on the substitutes’ bench becomes a permanent one, something that is looking increasingly likely as even the likes of Martial and Rashford have had less playing time due to Jose’s willingness to play his captain.

A move to the MLS or China may be the best thing for him or even a move back home to Everton, however, Rooney is an English football legend and it’s just sad to see a player that was once so great, struggling so much at the moment.

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