Saturday’s sumptuous free kick during a 1-1 draw with Stoke City was Wayne Rooney’s 250th competitive goal for Manchester United, leaving him as the club’s all-time top scorer having overtaken Sir Bobby Charlton. It’s a marvellous achievement for the former Evertonian, who moved to Old Trafford in 2004 and comes during a time where his role in the first team has been significantly diminished under Jose Mourinho.
Despite Rooney’s status as a regular starter at the club seemingly coming to an end, the former England captain still has no plans to leave United and he openly stated that he’s content to remain at the club during a Football Writers’ Association Tribute event on Sunday night:
“Of course, I’m committed to the club,” said Rooney via ESPN. “I’ve been at the club a long time and you know football is a strange game and anything can happen, things change very quickly, but I’m happy at Manchester United.
“Of course, as I’ve said before, I want to play more games, but I’m in a happy place at the moment.”
It’s unlikely that many United fans will take issue with this. As mentioned, Rooney isn’t deemed an integral part of Mourinho’s plans, and rarely starts the club’s big games. As such, his role as a squad player seemingly suits everyone and a lucrative move to China looks to be off the cards, for the time being.