According to the Daily Mail Red Devil Wayne Rooney is facing a desperate fight to save his Manchester United career as manager Sir Alex Ferguson continues to harbour grave doubts about his fitness and attitude.
Ferguson stunned football by dropping the England forward to the bench for Tuesday night's Champions League defeat against Real Madrid at Old Trafford.
The United manager believes Rooney has failed to get on top of the weight and fitness issues that have dogged him since the start of the season and is fed up with waiting for an improvement.
With Rooney, 27, entering the final two years of his contract this summer, Ferguson knows he has a decision to make about his future.
As it stands, the Scot will not rule out selling him at the end of the season if the club can attract a bid of more than £20million.
His former United and England team-mate Michael Owen told talkSPORT: 'It's got to be a big worry for Rooney. It's the biggest game of the season and the manager has shuffled his pack and not included him.
'A couple of years ago, if Wayne wasn't the first-choice striker, he would have played him in left midfield or in behind the striker. For him not to start is a real kick in the teeth.
'Wayne will either get his head down, try to improve and force his way back into the team, or he'll think, "The manager has not picked me for the biggest game, he obviously doesn't fancy me", and it might not be the end of the story.'
Sir Alex Fergusons pursuit of former Manchester United darling Cristiano Ronaldo is another reason Rooney could be shown the door at Old Trafford. With the United manager desperate to bring back the superstar player who he nurtured so carefully in England. But a move for the Portuguese international would not be possible without lowering the clubs current wage bill, of which Wayne Rooney sits at the top of, earning an estimated £250,000 a week.
Re-signing the player who has scored more than a goal a game for Spanish Champions Real Madrid would be a major coup for United and with his help could bring Ferguson improved European success.