Gary Neville insists Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Manchester United in the summer as he’ll be unhappy with his current situation under Jose Mourinho.
His reduced role has lead to speculation with an Old Trafford exit as clubs in China and America were said to be very interested in acquiring his services.
Speaking about his role in the team, Neville claims Rooney still has what it takes to fight his way back into the team.
“Him being there next season is doubtful just because of the noise,” he said.
“I hope he’s there next season. I think Wayne still has a lot to offer, but he wants to play more often.
“He’s not playing as much football as he’d like. Knowing him, he’s the type of footballer that would like to play every minute of every day.
“There’s definitely some doubt, but there’s still two to three months left in the season. United have plenty to play for, including qualifying for the Champions League.
“He is going through a period of his career where obviously the performances and appearances aren’t the same as they were. People tend to forget what happened previously.”
It’s disappointing to see a club legend wasting his talent on the bench each week and if he decides to take his career elsewhere at the end of the season he deserves respect.
Rooney needs to fight for his place in the side and prove to Mourinho he still has the talent to guide the side forward, as Neville suggests.