Manchester United are reportedly planning to reward Wayne Rooney with an ambassador’s job at the end of his career.
This is according to The Sun, who believe the United hierarchy want to keep Rooney associated with Old Trafford. The club’s owners, the Glazer family, have already approved the suggestion.
And the England skipper could now enjoy a similar position to Bryan Robson, Nemanja Vidic, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole when his career ends.
Rooney’s future at Manchester United remains in serious doubt. The veteran attacker has not been the first choice under Jose Mourinho this term. And although his current contract runs till 2019, he could leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.
A return to Everton has been on the cards, while a big-money switch to China has also been rumoured. If Rooney does leave this summer, United still plan to offer him an ambassadorial role.
Rooney’s time at Mourinho’s United seems to be drawing to a close, with a summer exit now looks inevitable, but he will have the opportunity to make at least one more vital contribution in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United’s main scoring source.
Rooney could be utilised in the Ibrahimovic role at Chelsea, with Martial and Rashford giving needed pace down both flanks. With the physical presence of David Luiz and Gary Cahill a major concern, Rooney’s ability to deal with that would eventually free up his young team-mates to target the home side’s wing-backs, Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso.
Rooney could also be played in the No.10 role behind Rashford or Martial, but that might impact Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Mata, who have been impressive in that position, so a more advanced role is most likely for the Manchester United skipper.