Comments from Manchester United boss David Moyes over Wayne Rooney's place in his plans are tipped to hasten his departure. With Chelsea pushing hard for £40million-rated Rooney, the revelations from Moyes may hasten the 27-year-old's departure from United after nine years, says the Mirror.

"Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," said Moyes.

"Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It's going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne.

"Manchester United isn't about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team - the club.

"I won't allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that's the heart of it."