The Englishman begun the season as a regular in the starting XI alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic but found himself consigned to the bench by October following a string of poor performances.
It has been reported in recent times that Rooney, having broken the club’s all-time goalscoring record back in January, was keen on a move away from Old Trafford in the summer, with Ronald Koeman expressing an interest in bringing the 31-year-old back to Goodison Park.
And according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, Slaven Bilic will also keep a close eye on the Englishman’s situation over the summer.
United fans have spent years squabbling over Rooney, plunging themselves into a never ending dispute over whether he deserves a place in the squad, but Mourinho – though his subtle and indeed cleverly orchestrated shift away from using the Englishman at the heart of his attacking line-up – has resolved the debate for all concerned.
Rooney no longer merits a place in the starting XI. That is a statement we can all agree on. The 31-year-old, for all his prestige, is now too slow, too injury prone and indeed unable to usurp the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata at N0.10 or Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford up front.
One suspects that Rooney, after 15 years in the Premier League, might fancy a move further overseas – a new challenge, above anything – before he finally hangs up his boots.