Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is murky, at best. The longtime Red Devils captain has found himself falling further and further down Jose Mourinho's pecking order, as playing time has become more scarce. Now, reports have emerged saying Mourinho has told Rooney he'll need to leave the club if he desires to play consistent first-team football. As soon as that rumor stirred, the oddsmakers came out and began laying odds as to the possible landing spots for the Englishman. Here are the five favorite destinations, per Ladbrokes.
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 bookmakers have them as 14/1 longshots to land Rooney. 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, it's doubtful they could afford to pay Rooney's large wages.
The Gunners have been in the market for a striker for what seems like forever. Is Rooney the answer for Arsenal? Probably not, but it's not outside the realm of possibility. Olivier Giroud doesn't instill much confidence, but Theo Walcott has enjoyed a bit of a career renaissance. Perhaps a change of scenery would reinvigorate the 31-year-old Rooney. Arsenal are listed as 8/1 for Rooney's services.
If Rooney still wants to make the big bucks, China could be the destination for him. The odds are 6/1 that Rooney winds up plying his trade at Shanghai SIPG. It might seem outlandish, but the Chinese Super League is on a brand-building rampage as of late. Brazilian star Hulk made the switch from Zenit this past summer, and he's raking in a whopping €20 million per year. That's a lot of guacamole, even if the league lacks the prestige of the Premier League.
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 9/2, 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. Everton have other strong (and younger) candidates up top in Gerard Deulofeu and Yannick Bolasie, too. It has all the romance of a star going back to his first club, but it's tough to see.
Major League Soccer
Ah, yes. MLS! A number of clubs are pegged to acquire Rooney, with two of the league's most prominent teams at the forefront. The LA Galaxy are the favorite across the board at 7/2, while the New York Red Bulls are tipped at 4/1. Four other MLS clubs are getting odds, as well, and it's conceivable that just about every team would be interested in Rooney. Steven Gerrard's future is Los Angeles is cloudy, and Rooney could be the next great English player to follow the trend of heading to California. It's a move that makes sense for both sides, although the timing is a bit off. MLS Cup playoffs are set to start as soon as Wednesday.