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In the 1982 film 48 Hours, Eddie Murphy had 48 hours (the clue is in the name) to solve a crime. Rooney has 48 hours to make a decision on his future, reports David McDonnell in the Mirror.
Rooney was handed a start against Chelsea on Monday and produced a superb display in the 0-0 draw. It was the sort of performance that persuaded Blues boss Jose Mourinho to make the forward his top summer transfer target.
Mourinho said before the game, reported by Sky Sports, that he was set to make a fresh bid, and in his post-match interview, he confirmed he wants Rooney but will not wait forever.
Asked if he wanted Rooney to make a decision, Mourinho said:
Yes, I would like. In 24, 48 hours.
He was a real professional, played for his club, played for the club that pays him. Tried to win, Tried to score. He was fantastic. After that [does] he want to leave? He has to say.
Or he has decided now he doesn’t want to leave any more? His problem.
But I praise him because he was fantastic, he played a fantastic match in difficult circumstances. He played fantastic.
United have remained firm in their stance that they do not want to sell Rooney and Red Devils boss David Moyes had words of warning for Mourinho with regard to any approach.
In his piece in the Mail, Neil Ashton quotes Moyes as saying: "It would be illegal, he can’t do that."