Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is murky, at best. The longtime Red Devils captain found himself falling further and further down Jose Mourinho's pecking order this season as playing time became scarce. Now, Rooney has come out and admitted he's "more or less" made up his mind about his future. Rooney might know his fate, but it appears we won't know for two weeks.
His best days are surely behind him, but that doesn't mean he's done for good. Rooney has ruled out playing for any other Premier League club aside from United or Everton, so we'll take him as his word there. That said, here are the five favorite destinations for Rooney, with odds of him landing at each place via SkyBet.
FC United of Manchester
It's tough to picture Rooney playing anywhere but Manchester, right? It'll be a cold day in hell before he plays for Man City. What's that leave? FC United of Manchester is an actual club in the city founded in 2005, and, while the bookmakers don't have odds on him playing there it's an entertaining thought. The idea for the club spawned out of a disapproval for American businessman Malcolm Glazer's takeover of Manchester United. Fans of the Red Devils started FC United of Manchester in protest, which is entirely fan-owned. Unfortunately for them, Rooney's massive wages aren't feasible. He'd have to become the most charitable man ever to consider joining the upstart side.
At 25/1, Celtic are far from the favorites to land Rooney, but there's at least slight reason to believe it could happen. Rooney has tweeted support for the Hoops in the past, for one. He'd also get to play in the Champions League again and he's had nice things to say about Brendan Rodgers in the past. One holdup: Money. Can Celtic afford to pay Rooney the wages he's used to? Almost certainly not, so Roo would need to meet somewhere in the middle -- or perhaps even lower than the middle.
Major League Soccer
Ah, yes. MLS! Any number of clubs would welcome Rooney into the fold, with the league as a whole tipped at 9/1 by the oddsmakers. The LA Galaxy are the first team that comes to mind, but they have three Designated Players already. MLS's convoluted financial rules make the move a possibility across the league, but it would take some high-level accounting. There'd also need to be a fit, which is a whole different matter altogether.
Home sweet home? Rooney began his career as a member of Everton, even taking the field as a mascot during a Merseyside derby as a youngster. A return to his roots, where he scored 15 goals in 67 appearances, could be the tonic for the floundering Englishman. At 13/8, the bookies think it could be a possibility. There's a pretty significant speed bump, though. If Rooney's desire is for playing time, it'll be tough to unseat Romelu Lukaku. Then again, the big Belgian could be looking for his own transfer. Rooney's return has all the romance of a star going back to his first club, but it's not without obstacles.
Chinese Super League
If Rooney still wants to make the big bucks, China could be the destination for him. The odds are 5/4 that Rooney winds up plying his trade in the Chinese Super League. It might seem outlandish, but the Chinese Super League is on a brand-building rampage as of late. Carlos Tevez, Oscar and Hulk all made the move to the league and are reportedly making €20 million (or more) per year. That's a lot of guacamole, even if the league lacks the prestige of the Premier League.