Picture courtesy of @Luzhniki2008
They say a picture tells a thousand words – so what does this snap from Manchester United’s Premier League win over Swansea City on Saturday say about Wayne Rooney?
A Manchester United fan (go and say well done on Twitter - @Luzhniki2008) took the fantastic snap from the away end at the Liberty Stadium as United recorded a 4-1 win to open their Premier League campaign in style.
United were understandably delighted to claim a third goal through Robin van Persie – apart from Rooney, it appears, who according to Sir Alex Ferguson has asked leave United and is reportedly seeking a move to Chelsea.
The photo, taken in the aftermath of Van Persie’s second goal, shows United’s players congregating near manager David Moyes on the touchline as they indulge in a mass hug.
But rather than sharing in this moment of joy with his team-mates, Rooney is pictured making a lonely walk back to the centre-circle on his own.
Rooney played an important role in the goal, as his dummy run helped to pull defenders out of position, allowing Van Persie to lash a superb effort into the top corner.
The picture will do little to end speculation that Rooney still wants to leave Old Trafford this summer having seen Chelsea fail with two attempts to sign him from United.
Reports on Sunday suggest the striker is still hopeful of moving to Stamford Bridge – while he could also consider a transfer to Arsenal if United refuse to sell to their title rivals.
What seems certain thanks to Daniel’s clever camerawork is that Rooney isn’t particularly happy at his current employers.