The England international struggled for form and fitness four years ago after being risked in a Champions League tie against Bayern - could history repeat itself?
The season is winding down and for the first time in nine years Manchester United will end the season without a major trophy to their name.
With just unrealistic hopes of finishing fourth left to cling on to at Old Trafford, should David Moyes continue playing Wayne Rooney or leave him to fully prepare for the World Cup?
The striker was risked against Bayern Munich earlier in April after struggling to fully overcome a toe injury, with the manager admitting afterwards the gamble backfired as United lost 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Rooney has not featured since and is a doubt for Sunday's trip to Goodison Park as United travel to the striker and current manager's former side.
The England international has struggled with injuries all season, with his pre-season disrupted by a hamstring concern, and head and groin problems hampering his fitness during the term.
Rooney went into the 2010 World Cup struggling with fitness after injuring the ligaments in his right ankle in a Champions League tie with Bayern before aggravating the problem by being rushed back for the second leg.
The 28-year-old failed to score in South Africa as England crumbled to an early exit. So with United left with little to play for this season, should the England international just set his sights on the trip to Brazil?
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