Wayne Rooney confirms he's staying at United

Reports suggested Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, had travelled to Beijing in order to broker a deal for his client. Of course I can't guarantee he will still be here next season.

Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week and has been left surprised by José Mourinho's claim he could do so, though the striker is set to depart the club in the summer.

A hamstring injury prevented the 31-year-old from travelling to France for the Europa League last-32 second leg with St Etienne, yet the forward still dominated the pre-match talk.

Sunday's EFL Cup final at Wembley could prove to be Rooney's last game for United, and he will be hoping to leave on a high by helping United win another trophy.

"It's an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it".

Wrighty also had his say on Joey Barton following the midfielder's recent FA Cup "dive", adding: "I'm not going to condone Joey Barton for the way he went down against Matt Rhead".

Rooney has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, but only eight of those outings have been Premier League starts.

"As a professional nowadays you have to be able to play a number of positions and I have played all over the pitch". The team is in a good moment.

But halting the current speculation is a sensible move by Rooney.

"You'll have to ask him", Mourinho said.

"I don't know if he should go but I think he'll want to go", said Scholes.

He said: "Leicester finding this gritty performance against Sevilla that we were so used to seeing them put in during their Premier League-winning season".

Another player who didn't make the match-day squad is England global full-back Luke Shaw, who has been out of favour with Mourinho.

"Luke has to wait for his chance and work better and better, knowing I give nothing for free".

"When I give something for the players it is expensive for me, it is not cheap".

"Nobody sticks the boot into them, whether that's from the dugout or other players on the pitch".

Everton fans took to Twitter to argue whether Rooney would be the right fit for Ronald Koeman's team in this stage of his career.

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