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Wayne Rooney | Forward | #10

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 172

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Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has said that his future will be decided in the next fortnight, one way or another.
His manager at Atleti, Diego Simeone, had previously admitted a move away from the club was possible but this is the strongest statement yet from the player himself. When asked to rate his chances of moving to United out of ten, Griezmann said "Six". He went on to rate his chances of staying put and signing a new contract at "Seven". He completely ruled out a cross-city move to Real Madrid. Sky's Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Griezmann is holding out to discover if United will play in the Champions League next season before coming to a decision. Balague expects United to trigger the Frenchman's buyout clause of €100 million to make the deal go through. May 23 - 9:11 AM
Source: Sky Sports

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The Guardian are today reporting that Manchester United have had a £72 million offer for Monaco's Kylian Mbappé rejected.

Mbappé, 18, has been the focus of intense speculation in recent weeks after helping his side to the Champions League semi-finals and to the cusp of the Ligue 1 title. The French club have reject United's approach, instead demanding a world-record £100 million bid for the player they hope to retain for another season. Monaco believe that his value will inflate further by the summer of 2018, when they would be willing to relinquish their hold on the Frenchman. Thus, he is not expected to depart the principality just yet. United are chasing a number of other targets, including Antoine Griezmann to replace the outgoing Rooney and Ibrahimovic, as well as others to strengthen a number of positions such as Kroos, Fabinho and Tiemoué Bakayoko. Their success in these efforts will be largely decided by whether or not they can secure Champions League football next term.
Source: The Guardian
May 4 - 1:06 PM

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may return to his side's starting XI to face Swansea on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, has not played in midfield in his short spells on the pitch during José Mourinho's tenure as manager, but played there regularly under Van Gaal. Mourinho made a brash statement about this when he took the United post, claiming that ""ith me he will never be a No. 6, not even a No. 8" however it appears that injuries and suspensions will force the Portuguese to U-turn on his statement. When quizzed in his pre-match press conference on whether Rooney was be viewed as a midfield option for the weekend, Mourinho explained: "Yes, he’s an option... We don’t have [any other players there]. We have Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick and nothing else. And Tim Fosu-Mensah, like [against City], an emergency to help the team, he’ s another who we will miss, so we are in trouble but we will fight, that’s for sure."
Source: The Guardian
Apr 28 - 2:25 PM

Manchester United appear to be edging closer to signing Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

Griezmann's agent, Eric Olhats, had claimed that the Premier League club have shown "concrete interest" in signing the France international. In an interview with French TV, Olhats said: "There is an unavoidable €100m clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes." United's lack of goals and over-reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic this term has been their Achilles Heel, with United constantly linked with Griezmann all season as a consequence.
Source: The Guardian
Apr 25 - 8:22 AM

It's difficult to imagine Manchester United this season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but a familiar face helped to fill his shoes.

In a 2-0 win against Burnley, Wayne Rooney made a surprise cameo appearance in the starting lineup after only just returning from a month sidelined by various injuries to his aging ankle, and the Manchester United captain reminded fans that he can still deliver with a goal in the 39th minute, pouncing on a saved shot from Anthony Martial for his third goal of the season. But it was Martial who stole the spotlight, scoring a goal and recording an assist after also returning to the starting lineup for Marcus Rashford, who started and played 120 minutes on Thursday in Europa League.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:10 AM

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is in line to take a place on the bench for United's Europa League quarter-final second leg clash with Anderlecht on Thursday.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined for United's last four games due to an ankle injury. However, manager Jose Mourinho revealed that Rooney completed training on Wednesday, and would be named on the bench if he came through the session "positively". Mourinho also explained that Rooney "is a player that can be useful and if we need a goal he can help us."
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 20 - 9:47 AM

Wayne Rooney's injury hell appears to be coming to an end with the Manchester United captain set to return tomorrow night.

Manager Jose Mourinho said that he hopes to have the 31-year-old on the bench to face Anderlecht in the Europe League quarterfinal second leg on Thursday, given he comes through training unscathed. Rooney has missed much of the last month after suffering a series of ankle injuries to both ankles that have nagged at him throughout the season. "He's working now, he's improving and if in this training session [this afternoon] the answer is positive, I would select him to be on the bench tomorrow," Mourinho said. "...He has not had big problems during the season but he had a few small problems and when you get into a certain age, it's a little bit more difficult to recover."
Apr 19 - 12:09 PM

Wayne Rooney was back in training with the United first-team ahead of their Europa League clash against Anderlecht on Thursday but the match will come too soon for the skipper.

Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and David de Gea all trained at Carrington on Wednesday morning as well as Rooney, although the captain was a notable absentee from the outward bound flight to Belgium. Speaking at his sides pre-match media briefing, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Rooney still had "a bad feeling in his ankle" which will keep him sidelined for a little longer while his availability in GW33 remains in doubt: "Let's see for the weekend." De Gea was included in the travelling squad amid speculation that he was dropped at Sunderland following a disagreement with Mourinho, and not for reasons relating to a "slight" hip injury, but Sergio Romero is set to retain his place. Valencia and Young could return to the starting XI, although Mourinho will cut his cloth according with one eye on the Chelsea game three days later.
Source: The Mirror
Apr 12 - 1:22 PM

Wayne Rooney looks poised to miss this weekends’ trip to the Stadium of Light because of injury.

The United captain was a surprise omission from the match day squad on Tuesday night and the 31-year-old may not be fit enough to return on Sunday. "It's two ankles so I don't know," said Jose Mourinho in response to a question on whether Rooney would be fit to face the Black Cats. "But I don't think it is so easy to recover in a couple of days. He did it after the game [against West Brom]." Ashley Young will be assessed in the build-up to GW32 after picking up a knock against Everton while Antonio Valencia should return to the starting XI after he was rested midweek. Paul Pogba will be pushing for a start following his introduction from the bench, but Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain "long-term" absentees. Juan Mata is said to be targeting a return in the Europa League later this month.
Source: The Mirror
Apr 5 - 12:45 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has recovered from a knee injury.

The club captain is available for selection this weekend to face West Brom, and is likely to play a part in midfield with Ander Herrera (suspended) and Paul Pogba (injured) ruled out. When asked about South American defenders Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo, Mourinho conceded that the duo are tired after their international break exploits at the other side of the world but they are ready to play regardless.
Mar 31 - 2:34 PM

Out-of-favour Manchester United striker and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney may not find it easy to get a move to the MLS.

The United skipper has been reduced to a fringe player in 2017, with just one PL start to his credit since the new year. After losing his place, he has been linked to his boyhood club Everton, along with teams in both China and the MLS. However, according to Houston Dynamo's president Chris Canetti, MLS teams may not queue up to acquire the England international to try and recreate the hype around David Beckham's move a decade ago: "David Beckham brought worldwide relevance to Major League Soccer. He was a trailblazer for other players to look to come over and he opened a lot of eyes... I'm not sure if Rooney is as big a brand - just because Beckham was so pop culture". He clarified further saying: "But with David Beckham, you don't need to be a football fan to know who he is and what he represents."
Mar 29 - 5:51 AM

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will miss Thursday night’s Europa League tie against Rostov at Old Trafford because of injury.

It was widely expected that Rooney would return to the squad after missing the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup, but the England captain is still unable to train: "He stays inside the medical department," confirmed Jose Mourinho ahead of the Round 16 second-leg clash. Rooney was said to have sustained a "kick to the knee area" following a collision with Phil Jones during Sundays final session before travelling to Stamford Bridge. There is no timeline on his expected absence at this moment. Martial will also miss out due to an unspecified injury, although he was seen training away from the main group today alongside Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ander Herrera will be available even though the pair are serving a domestic ban.
Mar 15 - 2:10 PM

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney officially put to rest all of the speculation over a move to China.

The United captain has been linked with heavy interest from the Chinese Super League with his agent even engaging in talks with Tianjin Quanjian over a potential move this month that would have made him the highest-paid player in the world. But Rooney released a statement confirming he will not be going anywhere this month despite limited playing time under manager Jose Mourinho: "Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United," declared the Reds' record goalscorer. I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it."
Feb 23 - 3:25 PM

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is unlikely to leave for the Chinese Super League before their transfer window closes at the end of February.

Rooney's representatives had been in talks with Tianjin Quanjian, but their coach, former World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, said that talks did not progress. While Rooney may not depart this month, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the club's record goalscorer will leave in the summer due to lack of game time. However, Rooney is said to wish to see out his contract until 2019 at the club but will not do so in the current circumstances. Rooney did not take part in United's Europa League triumph over St. Etienne as he has just recovered from a hamstring strain. He has started just three games since December 17th.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 22 - 7:33 PM

Wayne Rooney may not be fit in time for the EFL Cup final on February 26th.

The captain has been struggling with a minor muscular issue and has missed United's last four games along with Phil Jones who is in a similar race against time to recover. Elsewhere, De Gea and Valencia should be in contention again to face St. Etienne on Wednesday after missing the FA Cup win over Blackburn after Mourinho gave them a rest.
Feb 20 - 8:42 AM