Rooney failed to travel with the United squad to Sweden for their pre-season friendly against Stockholm and although he has suffered a genuine shoulder “knock” the injury is not particularly severe.

His omission from the match ­follows fresh talks with Moyes his manager over recent days in which Rooney made it clear that he was disillusioned and felt that after nine years and 197 goals he had reached the end of the road at United.

Chelsea had a second bid of £25 million rejected on Sunday night and are now expected to raise their offer to £30 million. Arsenal also retain a genuine interest. Rooney would prefer to move to an English club and is particularly attracted by the possibility of working under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Rooney has yet to submit a formal transfer request but that remains a strong possibility.