As a result he is expected to leave Old Trafford, and Chelsea have emerged as leading contenders for his signature.
Giving their striking problems since Fernando Torres joined the club, it makes good sense. What is less logical, however, is the mooted offer of the brilliant Juan Mata, Chelsea’s player of the season in both his years at the club, and generally regarded as one of the finest players – if not the finest – In the Premier League.
Pretty much everyone thinks Chelsea are mad for making the purported bid, and United almost as ill-advised in rejecting it.
There are a few exceptions - some think Mourinho could inspire Rooney back to his best form - but the report is summed up by one journalist suggesting the England forward would only better Mata in a "sausage-eating contest".
Seeing the funny side:
The voices of dissent: