But with the official retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday, further doubt was cast on the Old Trafford future of the Red Devils' No. 10.
While a club spokesperson definitively told the BBC that "Wayne Rooney is not for sale," perhaps United doth protest too much.
According to The Times:
The England striker went to see Sir Alex Ferguson, United’s outgoing manager, about a fortnight ago when he asked to leave the club for the second time in less than three years only to be told by the Scot that he would not be allowed to transfer.
With Fergie following United Chief Executive David Gill out the door—and current Everton manager David Moyes taking the reins—this will be an offseason of transition for the Red Devils. Perhaps it's the perfect time for Rooney and United to part ways.
If Rooney were to leave Manchester United after nine largely brilliant seasons, Moyes and Co. would certainly be looking to make a big splash in the transfer window.
"Who could be Rooney's replacement in the lineup?" you ask. "Who could be Lil Wayne's hair apparent?"