David Moyes faces one of the biggest decisions of his time as Manchester United manager when he chooses whether to throw Wayne Rooney to the mercy of his club’s fans at this weekend’s Community Shield at Wembley.

Rooney’s stock with supporters has never been lower as the England striker tries to engineer a move to rivals Chelsea.
Monday’s news that the 27-year-old will miss Tuesday night’s friendly in Stockholm with a shoulder injury picked up in a behind-closed-doors game on Saturday was greeted with scepticism particularly as the player is expected to submit an official transfer request later this week.

The injury is understood to be genuine and is expected to keep Rooney out of Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial game against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Friday night.

But Rooney will be fit by the weekend and that means Moyes must decide whether to play him against Wigan on Sunday thus leaving him open to abuse from United’s travelling fans.

Rooney has spent the summer worried about the reception he would receive after Moyes’s predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson went public with the striker’s verbal suggestion he might be better off at another club.

Having hoped that United would have sold him to Chelsea by now Rooney is instead faced with his worst nightmare coming true.