By Harvey Byrne
Wayne Rooney has been dropped for Manchester United’s clash with Leicester on Saturday afternoon – and Everton fans have taken to Twitter to speculate a return for their former striker.
Jose Mourinho has decided to drop the England international against the Premier League champions after a poor display against Watford last week and midweek fixture against Northampton.
The move has seen Juan Mata return to the attacking three, with youngsters Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford either side of the Spain international.
Toffees fans took to social media after their youth graduate was dropped from the line-up with talk of the now 30-year-old returning to Goodison Park.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Welcome to Everton FC Wayne Rooney. Just stand in the middle an kick the ball. You're useless at everything else
— Ant Cunners (@antcunners86) September 24, 2016
Rooney bashing gone too far. Every time England or United lose. Press been after him for years. Let's bring him back to Everton in January
— David Brown (@DavidBrown1933) September 24, 2016
Sign Rooney, @Everton.
— Callum Chadwick (@CallumChadwick_) September 24, 2016
Wouldn't shock me seeing Rooney back at Everton next season
— Michael Griffiths (@M__Griffiths) September 24, 2016
Said all summer Rooney had a shot at a PL future by rejoining Everton but he’s finished now. No way back…
— Tortured Toffee (@torturedtoffee) September 24, 2016
Rooney hasn't got the passion for Man Utd , put him in an Everton shirt #rooney
— Gem (@gemISaWOLF) September 24, 2016
— LEsTEr 1878 WoOdARd (@lestereverton80) September 24, 2016
Rooney made his debut for Everton in 2002 at the age of 16 after joining the Toffees as a nine-year-old
He featured in 77 fixtures for the Goodison Park side scoring 17 goals before completing a £20million move to Old Trafford.
Rooney has won the Premier League five times, as well as the FA Cup and Champions League while at Manchester United.
He has also won a host of individual awards, but the 116 capped England international’s career looks likely to be heading downwards.
The attacker moved from his more natural striker role to a place in midfield, but that doesn’t have appeared to have helped with him now being left out of the side.
Rooney has three years left on his current deal and he could be ready for a sensational return back to his home with Everton.