Paul Scholes insists Wayne Rooney will stay and fight for his future at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.
The Englishman has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford exit after losing his automatic starter status for club and country this campaign.
Rooney was omitted from the England squad to face Germany and Lithuania, and has been linked with moves to former club Everton and the MLS as he looks to get his career back on the right track.
Speaking about Rooney, Scholes claims he has to battle his way back in the first-team.
“Wayne has been a sensational footballer for England and Manchester United for nearly 15 years. He is greatly respected and I still think he has a part to play with United and England,” he said.
“He has great experience, he can pass knowledge on to young players and it’s up to Gareth [Southgate] if and when he wants to use it [for England].
“I don’t want to talk about him going to another English club, I hope he gets himself back into the United team.
“He has a fight on his hands but the Wayne Rooney I know is someone who will face that challenge and try to do it.
“He still has a prominent role to play for England and United. There’s been a lot of speculation over where he goes now but Wayne, with what he’s done, has earned the right to do what he wants to do. I hope he does stay and fight.”
It’s a shame that Rooney hasn’t been playing consistent first-team football, but there are other players in the team that have proven they have more to offer.
He has to work hard for his place in the squad as he’s committed his future to the cause at Old Trafford until the end of this season but it still remains to be seen where he will be next year.