Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson look on during a training session at Carrington Training Ground
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson look on during a training session at Carrington Training Ground on March 4, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Time is running out for Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United stalwart had fallen down in the pecking order last season as Jose Mourinho opted for an older Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a younger Marcus Rashford ahead of the 31-year old.

The centre-forward arrived at Old Trafford from Everton in 2004 as a teenager and went on to become one of the most prolific goal scorer to have ever donned the United colours.

But his opportunities have dried up in the past couple of years and especially in the last season as we barely saw him in his preferred position. Due to various reasons, Mourinho had to deploy him in a number of positions and honestly speaking, Rooney failed to flourish in all of them.

Though he is past his prime and is seemingly unfit for a club fighting on four fronts, there won’t be a dearth of suitors for the Manchester United captain and let have a look at his possible destinations.


A return to the club where he started his career might be the ideal one for the romantics. Sir Alex Ferguson observed this raw talent playing at the Goodison Park and decided to sign him immediately and the rest is history.

Rooney went on to become one of the best under Ferguson’s reign but his form had started to drop after the manager’s departure. Everton would love to welcome one of their own as Rooney has earlier cleared his intention that he would only prefer a move to Everton in the Premier League.

But he has to take a massive wage cut to make his way to the club. The striker is right now on a massive £250,000 per week contract and Everton cannot afford him if he decides to stick to his current wage.

Major League Soccer

Rooney’s ex-colleague David Beckham’s move to LA Galaxy started the trend and a number of players followed him to the USA. Rooney would easily pave his way into the starting lineup of any MLS team and his arrival will make the league even more exciting.

Despite his current form, Rooney is still a massively popular player and his arrival to the USA will give a massive boost to the viewership.

Chinese Super League

If Rooney does want to earn healthy money by playing in a less competitive football league, China would be his ideal destination. The Chinese Super League has become the latest sensation and has attracted a number of top players with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Oscar and Paulinho.

But recently Chinese Football Association has levied a 100 percent tax on any transfer worth £5.2m which could be a stumbling block for his move. China still stands as an attractive prospect for the England international who is determined to prove his credentials next season.

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.