Wayne Rooney’s future is once again the subject of much speculation at Old Trafford this summer - but it is of course not the first time. The England international looked all set to leave the club in the January transfer window of 2011 - after announcing he wanted to leave the club in October 2010.
At the time, it was the top topic in the footballing community. With that in mind anybody who was anybody got asked what their thoughts were on the matter - and Jose Mourinho is certainly somebody.
The then Real Madrid boss found himself quizzed on the chance of Rooney becoming available that winter - and he was clear with his thoughts:
"I don't think he will (become available). I think the big man will persuade him to stay."
The ‘big man’ was his rival but close friend Sir Alex Ferguson - and Mourinho was right.
Not long after this statement Sir Alex Ferguson convinced Rooney to sign a new five-year-deal with the Red Devils.
This summer however Mourinho will be hoping nobody convinces Rooney to stick behind - as the striker is his number one, and potentially his last, transfer target.
Mourinho claims he will fight to the very last minute of the Transfer Window in order to get his man this summer.
But we wonder if he would have dared if Fergie was still the main man?
Mourinho has been as respectful as possible in talking about the deal but he clearly felt three years ago that Fergie would always be able to convince Rooney into a stay.
With David Moyes in charge of the club and Rooney clearly unsettled - Mourinho smells blood, and is going for the jugular.
If Rooney is to be sold, at the moment nobody else who has the money for him appears to be interested - so United will have no choice but to give in to Mourinho’s charming advances.
It may just be the transfer that bags Chelsea the Premier League title.