Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney seems to have earned the wrath of his teammates and friends, who have been playing with him for years, by trying to leave Old Trafford forcefully despite the club doing all it could to keep him.
Rooney failed to join the team to Sweden for a pre-season friendly against Stockholm on Tuesday night due to a shoulder injury he suffered during training last week though it was a minor one, according to Mirror.
Tensions in the Manchester United squads are running high with senior players like Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra expressing their anger at the way the situation has developed, reported Mirror. They are reportedly not happy with their teammate, as they think he is putting himself before the team.
The 27-year-old England striker, who still has two more years with Manchester United under his current contract, has been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain ever since former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that he had requested to leave the club.
Adding more salt to the wounds, Manchester United's new manager David Moyes recently stated that they would need Rooney in case Robin van Persie is injured, clearly hinting his secondary role in the club where he has been playing for nine years.
"Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," Sky Sports had quoted Moyes as saying.
"Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It's going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne. Manchester United isn't about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team - the club. I won't allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that's the heart of it," he added.
Chelsea has been trying to bring Rooney to Stamford Bridge but has not reached a deal till date. The Blues are expected to make fresh £30m after Manchester United rejected a £25m deal on Sunday.
Arsenal are also said to be eyeing the England striker though he has expressed his eagerness to join Chelsea. However, Manchester United would rather sell Rooney off to Arsene Wenger than to Jose Mourinho, as Manchester City and Chelsea are their main rivals in the Premier League.