Phil Neville says now is the right time for Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United.
Rooney, 31, has made 25 appearances for United this season, but plenty of those have come in the final two months of the season with Jose Mourinho resting his first-choice line-up.
The United and England captain is unlikely to start against Ajax on Wednesday in the Europa League final and Sunday’s home win over Crystal Palace may well have been his United swansong.
Rooney has a contract until June 2019, but Everton are interested in bringing the forward back to Goodison Park and Neville believes his time at United is up.
“You hope (he doesn’t leave) but the way the season’s gone, particularly since Christmas, he’s not been involved as much as he’d probably have liked,” Neville told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He wants to play in the biggest games and when it comes to Wednesday night I’d be surprised to see him in that starting XI.
“It looks like he’s on his way out of Manchester United and it happens towards the end of your time. You get the signs that now is the time to leave, and probably now is the time.
“If he wants to continue playing at the highest level – week in, week out – and be the first name on the team sheet, then he’ll probably have to go and play his football elsewhere.”