Manchester United are said to be worried about the destabilising effect on Wayne Rooney of Jose Mourinho’s public pronouncement that Chelsea will make a third bid for the England international after the two teams meet in the Premier League on Monday, according to the
Mourinho claimed that Chelsea could not make the offer for Rooney before the sides play each other for “ethical” reasons, but United, who the newspaper claim would not be surprised by a Chelsea offer before the match despite Mourinho’s comments, have not budged in their determination to retain Rooney, but are preparing for Rooney being unwilling or unable to play against the Blues on Monday.
If Rooney does not take to the field – or the subs bench – at Old Trafford it will be a case with echoes of Yohan Cabaye’s non-appearance for Newcastle against Manchester City shortly after he was the subject of an offer from Arsenal. The Rooney situation is complicated by the opponents being the club trying to win his signature with what would be a third bid after offers of £20m and £30m were turned down.
Rooney was given a warm reception when he appeared as a second-half substitute against Swansea in United’s opening league game of the season, and first under David Moyes. Moyes is said to have no concerns over Rooney’s fitness, the reaction from the Old Trafford crowd, or his relationship with Rooney. Rooney’s discontent stems from a falling out with Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, who remains at the club as a director.
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