Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rooney Poised to Face the Red Music ; D-Day Beckons for Unsettled Striker as He Prepares for Talks on His Future

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rooney Poised to Face the Red Music ; D-Day Beckons for Unsettled Striker as He Prepares for Talks on His Future

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WAYNE Rooney may have swopped his Glastonbury designer wellies for his normal working footwear but now the unsettled striker is ready to face the music at United.

Roo took a helicopter ride to Somerset last weekend for the music festival as his summer holidays came to an end.

Now, within the next 24 hours, he is set to discover if the message from United boss David Moyes and the Reds hierarchy is music to his ears or not when they hold crunch talks in the new United manager's office.

The 28-year-old has already had one brief meeting with his former Everton mentor before the pair left for their respective summer breaks.

Moyes had not been officially installed as United's successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at the time and had barely got his head around the task awaiting him once his holiday was over.

Rooney was still angry that Fergie had revealed in a live TV interview on his Old Trafford farewell that the forward had asked for a transfer.

It is said that no official written request has ever been delivered to Old Trafford and that the player was annoyed that Fergie's words would not put him in a good light with the United faithful.

The feared backlash from United fans duly arrived in the wake of the TV revelation with his 2010 transfer request still fresh in the minds of many.

Rooney was reportedly wanting an apology from Sir Alex or the club for the transfer request statement. When he briefly met Moyes, it is understood that Rooney was more set on leaving United and looking for a clean break elsewhere to get his career back on track ahead of next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris St Germain are all waiting on the outcome of the talks with the Gunners expected to be first in with an official bid.

But all parties have had a chance to simmer down and reflect on the future.

Now, with United's players due back in training tomorrow, the eagerly-awaited crunch showdown will finally take place with a decision on Rooney's future to be decided before the end of the week.

Rooney, and his agent Paul Stretford, will be among those around the table along with Moyes and the Reds' new executive chairman Ed Woodward, who officially took over the departed chief executive David Gill's duties yesterday. …

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