Man Utd: David Moyes on Verge of Replacing Sir Alex as Wayne Rooney Leaves?

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 9, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Everton manager David Moyes celebrates with Wayne Rooney after Rooney's goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park on December 20, 2003 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Gary M.Prior/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are set for another tumultuous day 24 hours after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the current Premier League season (BBC Sport).

David Moyes is widely reported to be on the verge of succeeding Ferguson, who is standing down after 26 trophy-laden years in charge at Old Trafford (BBC Sport).

However, United supporters have been further rocked by the news that striker Wayne Rooney has reportedly asked to leave the club (BBC Sport).

Ferguson convinced his star striker to stay at the club in 2010 when the England international previously requested a move away from Old Trafford (Daily Mail).

But Rooney, 27, has since slipped down the pecking order at United with the arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal last summer seeing him move into a less central role in the team.

Rooney was left on the bench for the Champions League defeat by Real Madrid in March when Ferguson paired Danny Welbeck with Van Persie up front (Daily Express).

The striker's future could now be the first issue Moyes has to resolve if he succeeds Ferguson. The Everton manager is expected to be confirmed as the new United manager after meeting with Goodison Park chairman Bill Kenwright in London on Wednesday.

Moyes, of course, was Rooney's manager at Everton before his £27 million move to Manchester United in the summer of 2004 (BBC Sport).

However, Moyes took Rooney to court for libel in 2008 over claims the striker made in his autobiography, and the striker settled out of court with his former manager (Daily Telegraph).

As Bleacher Report writer Allan Jiang noted on Wednesday, the two men have settled their differences over that issue, but a question still remains over whether Rooney will feature under Moyes.

It all adds an intriguing subplot to the forthcoming events if Moyes accepts the challenge of succeeding Ferguson at Old Trafford.