Wayne Rooney could be approaching the exit door at Old Trafford due to lack of game time, according to Paul Scholes. The Manchester United captain hasn’t started a Premier League game since December 17 and has been used as an effective substitute.
The player, who is now United’s all-time leading goal scorer, surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally for the club last month. He was linked with a move to China, and somehow it did not happen. Rooney still has 2 years left on his current contract and his former team-mate Scholes has claimed that Rooney might leave in the summer if he is kept on the bench.
“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t [see him staying for two more years],” Scholes told the Daily Mail.
“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. 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.”
Scholes also thinks Man United can finish in the top-four.
“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.”
Paul Scholes has seen Wayne Rooney from a young age and he is a guy in a very good position to talk about his former team-mate. They played together from 2004 until Scholes’ retirement and the pair are known for their on-the-pitch chemistry.
Scholes thinks that Rooney might leave, but that may not be entirely correct. Rooney has not complained about his current position at the club and has only focused on helping the team perform better.
Mourinho looks like a completely changed man ever since taking over the reins at Old Trafford, and has a positive vibe about him and is helping the likes of Rashford and Martial.
Rooney is vital for Man United and is a game-changer on any given day. He has 250 goals for the Red Devils and is a club and England legend. Mourinho would be risking the wrath of the fans and the Old Trafford hierarchy if he decides to sell Wayne.
It is safe to say that legend will not leave Man United although it will be interesting to see how he would be used from next season on.