Wayne Rooney: 'Beginning of the End' for Manchester United Captain, Warns Ex-England Striker

Manchester United club captain Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United at Old Trafford, Manchester, September 24. Rooney has lost his place in the United side due to poor form. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Arsenal great Ian Wright has warned that Wayne Rooney is at the "beginning of the end of his career" after he was dropped by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Rooney, the England captain, came on in the latter stages of United's 4-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday. He missed starting the game following a protracted period of poor form at the start of the season.

"It looks like the beginning of the end for Wayne Rooney. He looks tired and most of all, he looks forlorn," Wright told The Sun.

"All the stick weighs you down and people have been saying he shouldn't be in the team since the start of the season. Juan Mata was the difference on Saturday."

Rooney may get more of a chance now in United's Cup games. He started in the EFL Cup victory over Northampton Town at Sixfields last week, the first major indication that Mourinho was considering dropping him for the big weekend game.

He could return to United's starting line-up when the club faces Zorya Luhansk in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday at Old Trafford.