Sunday’s News of the World claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is now considering a summer exit for the player, who signed a lucrative new contract last autumn. In an echo of Roy Keane’s Old Trafford exit the paper, quoting an unnamed source, says that Rooney has fallen out with his manager over the 25-year-old striker’s apparent criticism of his team-mates.
“Rooney has been moaning about the squad again,” says the paper. “But Sir Alex has told him he should look at himself first before criticising others. Sir Alex is not pleased with the way Rooney has been playing. Relations between Rooney and Ferguson are so strained that it is affecting other players.”
The question is – with Rooney’s form still in the doldrums and locker-room unrest on the cards – should United countenance a summer sale?