Scholes expects Man Utd stalwart to consider exit

Date published: Thursday 16th February 2017 10:05

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney could look to leave the club if he does not get more playing time under Jose Mourinho, according to Paul Scholes.

The United captain has fallen down the pecking order since Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford last summer and has not started a Premier League match since December 17.

Rooney, who became United’s all-time record goalscorer last month by surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s total, was linked with a move to China during the January transfer window.

He has two years to run on his current contract, but his former team-mate Scholes is unsure whether Rooney will see out his deal at United.

“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.”

Rooney and his team-mates sit sixth in the Premier League with 13 games left but Scholes backed Mourinho to lead the club 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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