IT WAS a rumour that made the rounds a couple of days before kick-off and, in the end, it turned out to be true.
Wayne Rooney, for so long one of the leading men at Manchester United, had to endure the ignominy of watching from the bench as his teammates took on the biggest assignment of the season, and it surely would have hurt.
The Champions League Round-of-16 second-leg clash was tense and intriguing, and ended in huge controversy, as United bowed out 3-2 on aggregate, after a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford yesterday morning (Singapore time).
Rooney did feature eventually, but there were 17 minutes left on the clock and a depleted United were chasing a lost cause.
Today, he will be wondering if his United career has reached the end.