Is Rooney into his final years at Old Trafford?
He may be Manchester United's skipper, longest-serving current squad member and third all-time club goalscorer, but Wayne Rooney's time at Old Trafford could well be only one or two seasons from a close.
Rooney has endured 11 highly-decorated seasons with the Red Devils, scoring 230 goals in 481 appearances, winning almost every possible trophy within the English and European game.
However, the last few years paint a different picture.
Rooney scored 14 goals in all competitions last year, lacking from his 21.6 per/season average from 2004-2014
The skipper has been lacking in goals and assists, putting in poor performances since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013. He's struggled to find form under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Ferguson's retirement started Rooney's journey down a steep, downward sloping hill.
We are only two games into the new season, but the Englishman is showing zero signs of improvement.
Wayne Rooney has struggled with establishing his preferred position over the last few seasons, with trials in central midfield until eventually, Van Gaal decided he is a striker.
Yes, he is a striker. There is no doubt that Wayne Rooney's best position on the football pitch is up top.
But there are two problems with him playing there for Manchester United.
Firstly, as he reaches the age of 30, Rooney has struggled to cope with the pace of the English league. Not only does a striker need tactical awareness and finishing ability, he needs pace and agility. Rooney has lost a lot of that. Not all, but a lot.
Secondly, he can't do it all on his own. Rooney is placed up top with virtually no support due to the possession-type football Van Gaal has the team playing.
This means he rarely gets a touch of the ball, and when he does, he struggles to create or produce anything from it.
United have registered only a shocking 8 shots over the two ties, with exactly half of those registering as 'on target'.
Earlier this year, Rooney admitted he would consider a move to MLS when his United days are over
Now, lets take a look at Rooney's figures for those games (I warn you, they're sobering)
180 minutes, 2 shots, 0 on target.
For a first-choice lone striker? Diabolical.
Maybe I'm being unfair. Maybe Rooney will come out of the blocks over the next 5-10 games and maybe I'll be forced to eat my own words.
I hope so - but I doubt it.
Last year in particular, many fans were calling for Rooney's brief admission from the starting eleven, to show him that he is not 'undroppable'. I think that still applies now.
The skipper should not be guaranteed a spot because of his role in the team. Take Steven Gerrard for example, Brendan Rodgers dropped him when he wasn't performing, and he is one of the best skippers English football has ever seen. (gulp)
Despite that, it is clear to see that Wayne Rooney has one final mission in his illustrious Manchester United career.
Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time leading goalscorer record.
Rooney stands 19 goals away from the prestigious title, and I believe the moment he scores that 19th goal, his future is well-and-truly decided.
He's been an outstanding goalscorer and character at the club, but his time is clearly nearly up.
I do not believe we will see Wayne Rooney in a Manchester United kit after the 2016/17 season.