According to today's Daily Mirror, Wayne Rooney could face the axe as United and Sir Alex Ferguson look to off-load the England player for a projected £40 million.
According to the Mirror: 'With Robin van Persie spearheading the attack, supported by the craft and guile of Shinji Kagawa just behind him, Rooney is no longer considered indispensable to United.'
'They have also invested in Danny Welbeck by handing the young England striker a lucrative new deal, while fellow forward Javier Hernandez is also under contract until 2016.
'Rooney, however, currently sidelined for at least six weeks with a gashed right thigh, finds himself the unwitting victim of his own bullish stance of 22 months ago, when he questioned United’s ambition and the calibre of their signings. United have different options now and that is why they are ready to cash in on Rooney in January or – more likely – next summer, when the England international will be 27 and still have some resale value on the transfer market.
'If United could get £40million for him, it would represent excellent business, given the belief within the club that the forward has not fulfilled the huge potential he showed when he signed as an 18-year-old from Everton for £27m eight years ago.
'Back then, Rooney’s explosive displays for England at Euro 2004 marked him out as one of football’s most exciting young talents, yet he has failed to develop into the world-class player his thrilling performances suggested he would become.
'With Van Persie and Kagawa added to his squad, Ferguson is convinced he now has the personnel and the system to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester City and restore his club’s bruised credibility in Europe.
United and Ferguson have never been afraid to make a big decision - Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane, were all shown the exit door.
There has always been a suspicion that Rooney has failed in the really big games, but at least his record of goal scoring against the top five in the league has improved as his hattrick against Arsenal last season shows. He also netted against Spurs Liverpool and Chelsea and Man City in the FA Cup. So that rumour at least was put to bed as he finished the season with 38 goals in all competitions from 49 games.
There will be plenty of interest even at £40 million.