Wayne Rooney and Old Trafford are no longer synonymous.
Even if the star striker is not sold by Manchester United before September closes the current transfer window, it's clear that Rooney doesn't have the desire to compete for the Premier League champions anymore.
Comments made on his Facebook page, of all places, are the latest indication that the disgruntled 27-year-old will stop at nothing to both publicly and privately reinforce that he feels his future in football lies with another club.
Pulling no punches, Rooney chose to use his call-up to England's active roster as a chance to take a shot at his club on Wednesday. Prior to United's friendly against Sevilla on Friday, Rooney had this to say about getting a chance to suit up for his country against Switzerland next Wednesday.
Per Rooney's Facebook:
Can't wait to join up with the England squad and hopefully play in a competitive match, they always are against Scotland. Big thanks to Roy Hodgson for selecting me and showing his faith and support, appreciate it.
United painted Rooney's absence from the first team as a stint to get his fitness to a higher level before England's next match—and at surface level, there's probably some truth to that story.
Left off United's squad sheet for Rio Ferdinand's testimonial, Rooney hasn't seen much meaningful game time for the Red Devils since David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this summer.
The former Everton boss has done his best to smooth things over with Rooney, but an injury early in United's preseason tour abroad forced the wantaway striker to return home, furthering the chasm between player and squad.
Reading between the lines, it's clear that Rooney feels his time with the Red Devils is coming to an end. It's unclear how United feel about those kind of assertions.
As noted by the Daily Mirror's David Maddock concerning Rooney's Facebook comments, the use of the phrase "competitive match" is particularly telling. Just days away from the start of the upcoming Premier League season, Rooney's comments paint a picture of a man who feels insulted by not being asked to participate in Ferdinand's testimonial.
Instead of getting his work in on the practice field, why is Rooney not trying to mesh with his teammates in a season where uncertainty has been the buzzword? For the defending league champions, United have a lot of questions heading into the upcoming campaign.
Knowing this, it's possible the Red Devils are keeping Rooney out of the public eye to negotiate a deal with the Blues. It's also possible they truly believe he's not fit to play, and risking injury at this point in the season simply wouldn't be worth it.
Shortly after United's 3-1 loss to Sevilla on Friday, Jamie Jackson of The Guardian reported that Rooney was being strongly considered for the club's Community Shield match with Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
The loss to Sevilla underlined the growing problem United would have in midfield without Rooney in the lineup, and there's little doubt he would make a positive impact on Moyes' outfit when healthy.
That being said, it's growing increasingly clear that he simply doesn't want to play for the Red Devils anymore.
With Rooney's latest comments serving as a springboard for those who feel that his days at Old Trafford are numbered, we could be seeing the last of the Englishman in a Red Devil jersey when United suits up against Wigan on Sunday.
If Rooney has his way, that's exactly the way things will go down.
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