Despite Roo’s fine start to the season – with both United and England – the striker’s long-term future at Old Trafford is still unclear.

Rooney, just 28, has little more than 18 months left on his United contract – yet, as of now, his advisors insist they have heard nothing about extending his stay beyond June 2015.

On Friday Red Devils boss David Moyes conceded he is unaware exactly what is happening – if anything at all – regards ending the stalemate.

And that’s why Chelsea, who failed to land Rooney in the summer with an offer of £30million, are refusing to give up their pursuit of Jose Mourinho’s top target.

Should the uncertainty surrounding Rooney continue into the January window, the Blues plan to crank the pressure right up - by making an improved £35m bid.

Rooney’s salary at Stamford Bridge would be at least £300,000-a-week over four years, forcing United to match that figure in any negotiations.

That will seriously test the Old Trafford board’s resolve to keep hold of the player, who stands fourth in the club’s all-time scoring charts.