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Wayne Rooney: Man Utd striker's Old Trafford future uncertain

Wayne Rooney

Could Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney accept a lucrative offer to play in China?

The 31-year-old forward's Old Trafford future is the subject of intense debate.

Rooney broke United's goalscoring record at Stoke on 21 January and made his 28th appearance of the season in their FA Cup fourth-round win over Wigan on Sunday.

But the England captain - also his country's record goalscorer - is the subject of serious interest from the Chinese Super League.

BBC Sport looks at why Rooney's future is so uncertain.

Eased out at United?

Sir Bobby Charlton (left) and Wayne Rooney

Of United's outfield players, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have featured more often than Rooney in all competitions this season.

Yet the 31-year-old's eight Premier League starts are fewer than Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, the same as Marcus Rashford and only one more than summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made only his second league start at Everton on 4 December.

Manager Jose Mourinho has said he does not view Rooney as a midfielder, where he had been used so often by former manager Louis van Gaal, but as a "9 or a 10