Chief executive Ed Woodward, meanwhile, said there were no plans to offer a new deal to Rooney, although at the time he was talking in broad terms about the whole squad rather than any individual.
Rooney has two years remaining on a deal believed to be worth more than £200,000 a week. Players of such stature and age are usually invited to extend their deals two years from their expiry date to preserve their value, but not necessarily as a matter of urgency.
By making it known that he is affronted by these remarks, Rooney is betraying deeper feelings of animosity against the club which were demonstrated by the reaction to Sir Alex Ferguson’s end-of-season statements. Ferguson left Rooney out of United’s final fixture claiming he had asked to leave, a suggestion the player denied.
Rooney left the United summer tour after 24 hours because of a hamstring injury which could rule him out of the start of the season. Most will interpret the latest developments as Rooney’s means of ensuring he never plays for the club again. Guess all of these will remain rumors until the season start.