The Sun believes Wayne Rooney will stick around Manchester United until he breaks Sir Bobby Charlton’s Old Trafford goalscoring record – a feat the 31-year-old is within four goals of achieving and one no bookmaker will price despite his tricky current predicament
After notching just once in his first seven appearances of the campaign, all of them starts, Rooney lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s XI and has played just 43 Premier League minutes in four matches since, without finding the back of the net.
Following a glutinous run of seven goals in as many games between January and February last season, the long-time Red Devil has now scored just twice over his past 24 club appearances, and chances may be starting to slip away.
With United going fairly strong in the Europa League and taking on neighbours Manchester City tonight in the EFL Cup quarter final – in which Rooney is 19/10 to take a step closer to the record – plus the FA Cup to come in January, it’s likely he’ll get there, but in no way certain.
The England captain, who has ceded the armband at Old Trafford to centre-half Chris Smalling for now, only managed eight Premier League goals over the whole of the 2015/16 campaign, despite starting 27 times.
He made up for it somewhat on the continent, scoring four in six games, but has failed to fire in over 120 minutes of Europa League action against Zorya and Fenerbahce so far this this term.
Rooney’s record en route to his side’s FA Cup success last season hardly redeems, with goals against lower-league outfits Sheffield United and Derby County followed by blanks when faced with top-flight pair Everton and Crystal Palace in the semi-final and final.
Furthermore, anybody who has watched the 118-cap Three Lions stalwart play recently will have seen how off the pace he is.
Whether Rooney breaks the record or not, his 12-year United career looks bound to end with a whimper rather than a bang.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.