Manchester United manager David Moyes told the media that Wayne Rooney was important to Manchester United as a backup for Robin Van Persie.
This is surely disrespectful to a striker who has made over 400 appearances for the team and scored 197 goals, which makes him their fourth-highest goal scorer of all time.
Rooney shouldn't be considered a backup to Van Persie given that he has contributed so much to the club from goals to shirt sales, helping to keep the Manchester United brand growing.
Wayne Rooney scored 12 goals last season, the second most of any Manchester United player, despite playing only 27 games with 22 starts.
Rooney also contributed the most assists for the club last season, so he is a vital part of the Manchester United team despite the immediate success of Dutchman Robin Van Persie.
The departure of Alex Ferguson and appointment of David Moyes could have been the chance for Rooney to have a clean slate at Manchester United.
Despite the fact the Englishman asked to leave the club under Ferguson, Moyes had the chance to make Rooney feel at ease with the club, but recent comments appear to have escalated the situation.
While no player is bigger than the club, it is disrespectful to say a player of Rooney's standard is expected to play second fiddle to another player whose name isn't Messi or Ronaldo.
At Rooney's age of 27, United needs to be play him regularly in order to get the best out of him in what should be his prime.
A departure from the club now seems inevitable. With the likes of Jaap Stam, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Roy Keane and even David Beckham being forced out of United in the past following disagreements, Rooney could be added to that list.