Wayne Rooney 'more or less' decided on Manchester United future

The 31-year-old is the record goalscorer for club and country but his status has been declining at a rapid rate over the past year and the end could be in sight on both fronts.

Having been left out of two successive England squads by new boss Gareth Southgate, Rooney's global career appears to be all but over.

The Manchester United captain endured a frustrating 2016-17 campaign at Old Trafford, becoming a regular on the substitutes' bench under Jose Mourinho.

Rooney also revealed that he had a lot of offers and there is still a chance he could move to China or the MLS. If you're asking me if I'm a better player now than I was 10 years ago then obviously I'm not but I still feel I've got other qualities that can help the team'.

Now, Rooney has told the Daily Mail that he has offers on the table from clubs in England and overseas, but he will take the next few weeks to decide his future with his family. I will do that the next few weeks with my family while I am away and as soon as I know what is going on I am sure you will.

And Rooney predicts it can be proven to be the springboard for United - who finished sixth, their second lowest finishing place in the Premier League era - to re-establish themselves as serious challengers for both the domestic title and the Champions League next season. As the manager said before, he wants me to stay, but. I think I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that's what I'll do.

Paul Pogba Manchester United Europa League final Ajax
Paul Pogba scored the opening goal for Manchester United in the Europa League final

Southgate was careful to stress he was not bundling the decorated veteran into the wilderness, less than 24 hours after he made a cameo in United's Europa League victory over Ajax. This year, I've never once sulked, let my head drop and I've understood what was best for the team.

"A younger me would have been a lot more frustrated".

"I've showed that, by selecting Jermain Defoe at 34, if players are playing well and the moment's right then we will involve them in the squad".

"We needed to start winning silverware again and, to be honest, If you had said we would win four trophies in last two seasons, you would have thought 'where are those trophies going to come from?'"

"But we've done that, we've managed to do that, and I feel we're progressing as a team and a club".

  • Julie Sanders