Former Everton midfielder, Leon Osman, has admitted that a return to Goodison Park for Wayne Rooney is not completely impossible. Manchester United’s 31-year-old captain has found himself out of favour at Old Trafford and rumours regarding a move away from the club are heating up by the day.
Rooney currently falls second in United’s all-time top goalscorers list and some would say he has become a club legend during his time in Manchester. The Englishman’s ex-teammate reflected on when his fellow countryman took the plunge and moved to Old Trafford.
“Towards the end of the last season he mentioned that he was possibly going to be going, he had a terrific couple of seasons with us and at the time Everton were desperate for the cash and United were prepared to pay the money.”
Osman admitted that at the time Sir Alex Ferguson ordered the board to splash the cash on the attacker that he was on the top of his game and quite possibly The Toffee’s most influential player.
“I think we always knew that it was a deal that had to happen. It was put in jeopardy a little bit when he broke his foot in the Euros, but that just delayed it. We were sorry to see him go, he was our best player at the time, but thankfully we moved on quite quickly the following season.”
The England captain and all-time top goalscorer has been offered routes out of the Barclay’s Premier League in the form of LA Galaxy and Inter Milan, reportedly. However, 35-year-old, Osman, believes Rooney has been healing the wounds with certain people on the blue side of Merseyside and would welcome a return back to his boyhood club.
“It would not surprise me, I think he has been mending bridges for a couple of seasons now and you know he is an Evertonian at heart. I am pretty sure he would love to come back and I hope it happens.”
“He’s a great player, he’s still not finished his career, and I don’t know how his situation is. That’s not my problem. Of course, if there is a possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I’m very pleased.”
Most of the Manchester United fan base would not be too sad to see the back of Rooney, with his current form being far from fantastic. The words on many people’s lips are ‘he is past his best’ and some criticism is turning rather sour. The Croxteth-born man has made 12 appearances so far this season, scoring one goal and assisting five – considering only eight of them were starts, it does not look all that bad on paper. Although it is his all-round play that has a huge question mark hanging over it, on many occasions, it seems like he is holding the team back and admittedly there is a number of options in the squad that seem better than starting him – something that Jose Mourinho is beginning to explore.
It would be very surprising should any movement regarding Rooney’s future take place during the January transfer window, although you get the feeling that should there be no improvements to his form by the end of the season then his illustrious and memorable United career may come to an end. Presumably, due to his high-profile within the game, he will not be too short of offers.