Wayne Rooney’s sumptuous first-half performance against Aston Villa on Monday evening saw the Liverpudlian forward return to his sparkling best, after a sub-par display against West Ham last Wednesday, to help Manchester United claim their 20th league title.
Rooney dictated play from a deeper midfield role, collecting the ball in his own half for the opening two goals before launching passes that were key ingredients to Robin van Persie’s finishes.
But most importantly, Rooney looked to be enjoying football again.
That was until the 72nd minute, when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to take him off before the full-time whistle, replacing him with Danny Welbeck once again.
The Old Trafford faithful sang his name in unison, but all their harmonizing did was to underline the fact that Rooney’s future at Manchester United is far from secure.
If he were to leave in the summer, which player would Ferguson look to replace him with? Here are his best options.