Manchester United drop big hint on Wayne Rooney's future as they launch their new home shirt for 2017/18 season

The Red Devils captain has been linked with a return to Everton this summer

Jack Austin
Monday 03 July 2017 14:27
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Manchester United may have just dropped a big hint regarding the future of captain Wayne Rooney while launching their new home shirt for the forthcoming season.

The Old Trafford club launched their 2018/19 home shirt on Monday with Rooney among the stars modelling the Adidas shirt.

Rooney spent the majority of last season on the bench for Jose Mourinho’s side, despite becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer, overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

As a result, Rooney was expected to leave in the summer in search of first-team football as he looks to try and force his way back into the England squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Reports emerged on Monday that Everton, who are making waves in the transfer market already, were looking to bring their former prodigy back to Goodison Park, although the inclusion of Rooney in these promotional photos suggests otherwise.

Rooney has been linked with a return to Everton

He is also the only United player involved in the launch who doesn’t have Adidas as his personal boot sponsor, which would have been cause to leave the skipper out.

De Gea featured prominently in the shirt launch

Another player whose future looks like it has been cleared up with their modelling of the new kit is goalkeeper David De Gea, who also appeared in the campaign.

Real Madrid were chasing the Spaniard but their interest appears to have yet again been fended off by United, with the Champions League winners instead turning their attentions to AC Milan teenager Gianluigi Donnaumma.

Other players involved in the kit launch along with Rooney and De Gea were Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Luka Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera Daley Blind and new signing Victor Lindelof.

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