Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested that his former teammate Wayne Rooney could well leave in the summer, if his situation at the club remains the same. Rooney recently surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249 goals for the club, when he hit a late equaliser against Stoke City, but the United captain has struggled to maintain a first team spot under Jose Mourinho this season. The Portuguese has opted to play top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a lone forward, with a three man midfield or more recently with Henrikh Mkhitaryan occupying the number ten spot. Rooney will be hoping to be in the first xi against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, having started the previous two matches against Reading and Wigan – with United running out 4-0 victors in both.
Scholes, who played 718 times for the club and is third in the all times appearance list, believes Rooney will not be happy playing second fiddle in the FA Cup and Europa League and could well look to move in the summer if things don’t change. However, this could be the motivation Rooney needs in order to get his head down work his way back into Mourinho’s plans for the end of the season run in. United will travel to Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City, whilst hosting top of the league Chelsea in what we will make or break the club’s quest for a Champions League spot.
“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t (see him staying). 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 been well below his best for the past few seasons and has rarely hit the heights on the 2011/12 season, where he hit 37 goals for the club. When the time comes, the United captain will leave the club as a legend who scored some unbelievable goals throughout his career – however, his tenure will always be tainted by the October 2010 transfer request when he flirted with the idea of moving to City.