The last few years has proved he's better a foil for someone else rather than leading the team on his ever, with the exception of that spell in 2010 when he scored over thirty goals. Ever since the World Cup he's had constant question marks about his fitness and his attitude, and I'm sure Sir Alex has never forgiven him for the contract saga after all. He doesn't look after his body in the same way Giggs or Ronaldo does. You can see Ronaldo being another player who would be capable of playing on 'til he's forty. But Rooney will be spent when he reaches thirty-two, at best, if he carries on like this. If only he learnt how to do that, he'd be right at the top again, but he's had years and years of playing with both of them to learn how to look after himself better and appreciate the benefits of it. He'll always be a very good player capable of brilliance but he should still be a brilliant player now, full stop. If we get anything like £40m for him I'd take it and go in a different direction, whether that's Ronaldo coming back or whatever.
Having said all that I don't all this press coverage today means the end for him. We were here last season when all the papers were full of "bust ups" with Sir Alex and nothing happened as a result of that. This season may be different but it's not a certainty yet. And he can still save his United career by working harder and getting fitter, it's not rocket science from his perspective.
It is wonderfully ironic though that a few years ago he was complaining about the clubs ambitions, and it's those ambitions - signing Van Persie - which now mean he's out of the team.