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Hox in the Box: Going nowhere
The longest running summer transfer saga seems likely to draw to underwhelming conclusion over the next few days.
No, not that one, the other one. We all know Gareth Bale will soon swap one white shirt for another, but Wayne Rooney's potential transformation from Red Devil to Blue meanie is less clear cut.
Sadly, with transfer deadline rather awkwardly falling on a Monday, enthusiasts such as I cannot stay glued to Sky Sports' unrelenting coverage of every conceivable transfer possibility, but make no mistake, the race to sign Rooney is gathering pace.
Judging by Mourinho's post-match comments in Monday's bore draw at Old Trafford it would appear his usually unflustered demeanour has been pushed to the limit in his attempts to push through a deal for the United forward.
In an unusual line-up, Mourinho failed to name a single recognised striker in his starting 11, which according to pundit Jamie Carragher was a clear message to the board that none of his strikers possessed the required talents to trouble the United back-line.
Given that Mourinho has already spent £50 million on players - not one of them a striker - I find it hard to believe that he would overlook that position in the vain hope of securing a target that has not once said he wants to join Chelsea, and whose club has repeatedly told Stamford Bridge officials to forget it.
Rooney played a blinder at Old Trafford against Chelsea, his final touch was lacking - but in only his first full outing for Manchester United, he can be forgiven for not setting the world alight.
He was not the sulky striker United fans had grown accustomed to since that fateful day back in March when Sir Alex decided against including him in the starting 11 against Mourniho's Madrid in the Champions League.
For so long it had seemed a foregone conclusion that Rooney would somehow find an exit route out of the club - not Chelsea, but somewhere without RVP or anyone that could threaten his status as undisputed idol.
He is and always was that man, and will continue to be, but for the second time he made grumbles about his future seemingly unaware that his club would not bow to his demands.
He suddenly realised that not only were Manchester United not going to sell him, but if his performances continued to be as woeful and inept as they were in the tail end of last season he would not be playing football for anyone let alone the most successful club in English history.
Footballers, despite their huge wages and huge egos, are fragile beings, in need of constant love and attention, and in David Moyes Rooney will find a figure willing to back him to the hilt and play him exactly where he can be most devastating on the pitch - but only if he reciprocates that respect by producing the kind of form that saw him cover every blade of grass on Monday.
Exciting and willing, and exactly the kind of player you want in your team as opposed to playing against you. Unfortunately for Mourinho, his ultimatum to Rooney that he must decide his own future looks likely to go only one way, and that is not down the M62.