Scholes: Rooney Could Be Forced To Leave United

Wayne Rooney applauds fans after the game.

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Wayne Rooney could be force to leave Manchester United if his lack of game time continues like this, according to Old Trafford legend and his former teammate Paul Scholes.

Rooney, who surpassed Bobby Charlton’s club goalscoring record last month, hasn’t started a Premier League match since 17 December and was subsequently linked with a move to Chinese Super League during the winter transfer window.

The 31-year-old Man United skipper still has two more seasons left in his contract but Scholes is not sure the veteran forward will have the patience to see out his deal at Old Trafford.

“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t (see him staying for two more years),” Scholes told as quoted by the Daily Star.

“Maybe it will be reassessed at the end of the season if he’s in and out of the team. I don’t see him as a player who will accept that. He will want to be at a team where he’s playing every week.

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“No one will be more frustrated than Wayne at not playing. Being a sub will be driving him up the wall.

“It will be killing him just coming in for the Europa League or the FA Cup. But it’s up to him to get his head down and prove he can play in the big games.”

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Manchester United sit sixth in the Premier League with 13 games left but manager Jose Mourinho has the former midfielder’s backing to lead the squad to a top-four finish.

“It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years,” the former England midfielder said about Mourinho’s reign.

“I watch them now and have no doubt they’ll finish in the top four. They’re playing the best out of the top six with Chelsea and you have to fancy them to finish second or third.”


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