Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy has advised Wayne Rooney to find an exit route from Old Trafford is he is not committed to the Red Devils. The Dutch striker told the England international to leave Manchester United if he was not happy playing at the club.
The 27-year-old Englishman was benched for the last three games of the season after confiding in Sir Alex Ferguson that he wanted to leave the club. Later, Manchester United officials confirmed Rooney had handed in his transfer request.
The incumbent Manchester United manager David Moyes has shown desire to keep Rooney at Old Trafford, although it is still not clear whether the beef between the two from olden Everton days still remains or not. Rooney was signed in by Manchester United for £24 million in 2004, after the forward found himself in a quandary with Moyes.
Rooney, who handed in a transfer request back in 2010 as well, has had a turbulent season at Manchester United. The striker saw himself get demoted from the first-team to the bench and was forced to give up his role in the attack.
With 400 appearances in 8 years at Manchester United and dozens of memorable performances for the club, Rooney should be considered as the most devoted player under a red jersey, yet the English forward has proven to be far from the loyal player he is usually viewed to be.
“It is a matter of how he feels,” Ruud van Nistelrooy said. “If he feels that he is committed to the club then there is an opening. If he says that there isn’t I can’t see a future for him. The fans would love him to stay, but it depends on the commitment. If he isn’t fully committed then it’s probably better to move on.”
Van Nistelrooy, who himself sparked a controversial move after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson, was sold to Real Madrid in 2006 in spite of recording good performances on a regular basis.
The Netherlands international returned to Old Trafford to play for both Manchester United and Real Madrid for a charity game last Sunday. Manchester United had to face defeat, with van Nistelrooy being the only one to score from their side.
Van Nistelrooy also commented on Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea. The Dutchman expects the Portuguese to endure an eventful campaign at Stamford Bridge.
“Whoever Mourinho is with something always happen,” van Nistelrooy added. “He will definitely bring some new energy to Chelsea, although winning the Europa League was obviously a fantastic success for them. It is a club with a good squad but he will do his thing as he always does.”