We have a monumental day at Old Trafford ahead of us and while much of the talk prior to the game was obviously going to surround the impending retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson one man has once again stolen the limelight from his manager at the Theatre of Dreams; Wayne Rooney.
The day after Ferguson announced his summer retirement it became all too clear that the former Everton player had decided his future lied elsewhere. He reportedly informed Ferguson a fortnight ago that his plans were to play away from the club in 2013-14.
Now it seems Ferguson has no desire to give Rooney the same swansong he will receive in front of his adoring home crowd as there is no place for the England international in the starting XI; in fact he does not even manage to scrape on to the bench. With absolutely no strikers on the bench Fergie has gone with Javier Hernandez and Robin Van Persie up front.
There are even some outlandish rumours emanating on social networking that Rooney got involved in a training ground bust-up with Phil Jones; although this has received no official confirmation.
There is currently no suggestion that the 27-year-old has suffered an injury so it appears, at least for now, that the decision to drop Rooney was Ferguson’s last big moment as United manager.
The game today against Swansea City was always going to be a side attraction to the main event but now the undercard of Rooney’s absence now adds an extra dimension to proceedings.
It now seems at least almost inevitable that Rooney will be on his way out of the club and the question that will remain is. Where next for Rooney?
Arsenal have been mentioned so have Chelsea. Manchester City will no doubt be linked while PSG, Monaco and Bayern Munich are more left-field names to be thrown into the list.
One thing that now appears sure if it may not have been before today is that Wayne Rooney is almost certainly on his way out of Old Trafford in the summer and any question of him being able to work alongside David Moyes again next term is now erroneous.
Of course judgement must be reserved until we hear all the final details regarding a potential injury problem but either way trust Ferguson not to let his final game at Old Trafford go without a controversial selection.
Do you think Rooney is injured? Or is there more to it?
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