Former Manchester United forward Alan Brazil claims that Wayne Rooney will now be sold in January after finally managing to break the goal scoring record at Manchester United. Rooney became the highest scorer in the club’s history after the equaliser against Stoke City on Saturday. The forward has been waiting a long time for this goal, and it even prompted Jose Mourinho to claim that Rooney will become normal from now on.
Even though Rooney may claim that the record did not play on his mind, it could be a major reason for the striker potentially heading to his worst campaign since he joined the club in the summer of 2004. In all his 12 seasons with the club, Rooney has always managed to score in double figures. Only once – in the 2014-15 season – has he managed to score less than 15 goals. Now, though, he has managed only five in 26 appearances this season. His departure from United has been rumoured for quite a while, and Brazil reckons that the club may finally let him leave after watching him achieve an incredible record. Brazil said, Via The Daily Star:
“I was told that when Wayne breaks it, he’s off. Why would Jose come out and say this if had not already been mentioned?
“I think he could demand a massive fee from China. I personally don’t want him to go.I think he could demand a bumper deal.”
Sir Bobby Charlton’s record stood for almost 5 decades and United have witnessed several great players in the club’s history. Yet, Rooney now stands as the highest scorer for the club in all competitions with 250 goals in 546 appearances.
There is little doubt that the 31-year-old has been increasingly marginalised in the last couple of seasons. He has been played in a number of roles, and this has had a direct impact on his performances. At this age, it is highly unlikely that United will see him as a permanent replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic should the big Swede not decide to extend his contract beyond the summer. Selling Rooney would also help Jose Mourinho reinvest much of the £250,000 per week in wages that would be saved. Rooney’s contract with United runs until the summer of 2019, a contract that he signed back in 2014.
The England international will find no shortage of interest with reports already circulating about a £700,000 per week offer from China, a move which could make him the highest-paid player in the world.