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Friday 22 September 2017

'That is the end of Wayne at Man United' - Roy Keane shocked by Rooney's snub in Europa League game

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young warm up
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young warm up
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane believes Wayne Rooney was handed a final insult by manager Jose Mourinho after he was left on the bench for Thursday night’s Europa League tie against Anderlecht.

After leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic limped off with what may be a season-ending injury shortly before the game moved into extra-time, Mourinho turned to Anthony Martial to fill the void, as he move Marcus Rashford into a central striking role.

Meanwhile, a fit again Rooney watched on from the sidelines and was reduced to being little more than a cheerleader as he congratulated his team-mates at the final whistle after another night of inactivity.

Rooney has only just recovered from a spell in the treatment room, yet Keane suggests his snub by Mourinho provided conclusive evidence that his days at the club are numbered.

“In terms of the bigger picture, I would have thought that is the end of Wayne at Man United,” Keane told ITV Sport.

“He will obviously contribute until the end of the season, but he must have been fuming not to be brought on in extra time.

“When Ibrahimovic goes off, you would think Wayne would come on, so I think this is the final nail in the coffin for him, definitely.

“He the leading scorer at the club and I’d expect him to be fuming. If he’s not fuming, then he has obviously lost the eye of the tiger. He will be more than annoyed. He should be anyway.”

Rooney is widely expected to return to his first club Everton this summer, amid rumours that the deal to take United’s all-time record goal scorer back to Goodison Park may already be done.

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