Rooney set to quit Old Trafford following Ferguson announcement

Wayne Rooney has reportedly requested to leave Manchester United following yesterday’s announcement that Sir Alex Ferguson will call time on his tenure at the end of the season.

In a statement yesterday, Ferguson admitted that he had not taken the decision to retire lightly, whilst thanking the fans for their “humbling” support.

David Moyes is likely to be named as the new Manchester United manager within the next 24 hours, and it looks like his first task, should he be appointed, will be to retain the services of the player he brought through at Everton a decade ago.

However, the club have denied that Rooney is available for transfer, categorically stating that he is not for sale.

The England international’s future at Old Trafford has been under scrutiny for much of the season, with rumours that he may be leaving beginning after he was left out of the starting line-up for the second leg of the Champions League last sixteen tie with Real Madrid.

The 27 year old is also believed to be frustrated with being played out of position following the arrival of Robin Van Persie, who has been deployed as the clubs first choice centre forward this season.