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What does the future hold for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United?

What does the future hold for Wayne Rooney at Manchester United?

Despite his seemingly well respected reputation as one of the most sought after assets within the English top-flight, Wayne Rooney is a name that still manages to conjure its fair share of discussion amongst Premier League onlookers from far and wide – with the current Manchester United captain looking to impress the newly installed Red Devils boss down in the Old Trafford dug-out this term.

 

Jose Mourinho nonetheless opted to bench his supposed first-choice skipper when the Red Devils proved triumphant against Leicester City last time out – and with the likes of Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all seeking to maintain a place in the Manchester United starting XI for 2016/17 – it remains somewhat difficult to picture just where Wayne Rooney is ultimately supposed to fit in within all of this.

 

Is it only a matter of time before Jose Mourinho opts to keep the 30-year-old England skipper away from his first team fold for good, or does Wayne Rooney still have a valuable role to offer among a determined Manchester United squad looking to finally re-establish their dominance back among the upper echelons of the English top-flight?  

 

 

 

Well, although Mourinho has publically stated his apparent desire to keep Rooney well and truly involved within his first team plans this campaign, the former Everton youngster has arguably failed to do the business for Manchester United across several consecutive seasons now. Regardless of where you happen to stand on the subject, no one could seemingly claim that Wayne Rooney is still a world class talent who could theoretically fit into any starting XI across the entire European club scene. Such a notion would seem questionable at best.

 

His days at the top have simply looked numbered for quite some time in truth. Manchester United potentially lack a great deal of pace among their current striking department with both Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both plying their trade out on the pitch simultaneously. No matter how good each individual talent may admittedly seem on paper, sometimes even the most highly regarded footballers must sometimes face an upcoming stint on the bench if the manager deems it necessary.

 

In any case, all this talk about Rooney suddenly blossoming into a world class holding-midfielder could honestly be seen as nothing but a whole load of recycled nonsense in the cold light of day. Yes, the current Manchester United skipper is certainly a great ball-player who works his way around the pitch with a vast amount of experience locked firmly under his belt – but does Wayne Rooney really provide much of an influence on each respective game when operating so far away from his originally potent and dangerous position? Perhaps not…

 

As Mourinho has reportedly told the Red Devils faithful that Rooney will play exclusively as an attacking outlet throughout the upcoming 2016/17 campaign, it therefore becomes a little tricky to envisage where the striker would ultimately work best among this current Manchester United side led by the former Chelsea legend.

 

With so many up and coming stars looking to impress within the striking department down at Old Trafford this season, Wayne Rooney and his apparent leadership skills as Manchester United captain are arguably no longer needed to help the Red Devils progress further into the modern era. Like they say, all good things must sadly come to an end after all… 

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