United’s dressing room has turned against Wayne Rooney over his proposed move to Chelsea according to reports, with the striker missing tphe Reds’ trip to Sweden with an alleged ‘shoulder injury.’
The back page of the Independent runs the story of senior United players turning against Rooney.
The Mirror also notes: Wayne Rooney is facing a players’ revolt over his attempt to force a way out of Manchester United.
Striker Rooney, a target for Chelsea, was due to fly with his team-mates to Stockholm on Monday for a return to action in a friendly against local side AIK on Tuesday night.
But, hours before the flight, he was pulled from the travelling party because of a minor shoulder injury suffered in training last week and aggravated in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis at the weekend.
Mirror Sport understands, though, that tensions are running high within the United squad, with senior players such as Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra expressing their anger at the way the situation has developed.
And it seems all parties believed it was wise not to ask Rooney to take part in Tuesday’s match, given the convenience of a minor injury, when there is so much unrest between him and the rest of the players.
Sources close to the Old Trafford club have explained there is an increasing antagonism towards the England striker, with senior players “unhappy” at his stance, which they see as a blatant attempt to strengthen his own position without any regard for the unsettling effect it is having on the team.
This may be the beginning of the end for Rooney as without the full support of his team mates, it’s difficult to see how he has much of a future at the club. David Moyes may be reluctant to sell the striker to Chelsea though and Rooney may have to battle to prove his worth to the side rather than just being handed the move he desires.