EUROPE’S big guns have no desire to sign Wayne Rooney.
That leaves Manchester City as the only outlet able to afford him if United choose to sell.
SunSport revealed United are ready to cash in on the 26-year-old unless he bucks up.
They would want £50million. But Barcelona and Real Madrid will not bid, while big-spending Paris St Germain, who were considering a move for the England star earlier this summer, are no longer keen.
Rooney was axed for United’s first home game of the season against Fulham on Saturday.
Boss Alex Ferguson’s patience with him had
finally snapped after a turbulent two years.
Rooney’s performance at Everton convinced his manager his form and fitness were gone.
The relationship between the pair is now tense and they have barely spoken since the forward returned for pre-season.
City were close to signing Rooney when he revealed he wanted to quit United in October 2010.
The player eventually changed his mind and decided to stay at Old Trafford but the wounds from that episode have never healed.
The champions remain interested in signing the ex-Everton ace but are now convinced United will never sell to them.
Any movement will not come until January, with Rooney sidelined for up to two months after suffering a badly gashed thigh in an accidental collision with Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega.
BOSS Sir Alex Ferguson has banned his young Manchester United stars from driving their new sponsor’s iconic supercar.
US firm Chevrolet have signed a £210million, seven-year deal with the Premier League giants.
To celebrate, they told United’s first team they could each have any Chevrolet motor they fancied. Almost all of them opted for Corvettes like the top-of-the-range 638 horsepower sports model.
But Fergie ruled that no one under 23 could have one of the 205mph supercars.
It means youngsters like Phil Jones, 20, Chris Smalling, 22, Rafael da Silva, 22, and Danny Welbeck, 21, will have to settle for something more sedate.
Only older Reds who are more experienced drivers, like Rio Ferdinand, 33, will be allowed behind the wheel of a £70,000 Corvette, which goes from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds.
Maybe Fergie remembers ex-United winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s lucky escape when he crashed a £200,000 Ferrari in 2009.
But in addition to safety concerns, the manager is well known for not letting his young stars get too flash.
Other Chevrolets available to the starlets include the £35,000 Camaro, the £22,500 Captiva — or the £8,500 Spark.
A United spokesman confirmed: “The model is dependent on their time at the club and driving experience.”