Former Man United player admits current star should leave

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Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville says current captain Wayne Rooney may have to leave the club if he wants first team football, per Sky.

Rooney, 31, has been heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League throughout this campaign, while a return to boyhood club Everton could also be on the cards.

It has been a tough season for Rooney, who has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho, who previously wanted to sign him when he was Chelsea manager.

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He has found himself behind the likes of Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the pecking order at Old Trafford, though he did break Sir Bobby Charlton’s all time goalscoring record.

Neville, though, believes now is the time for Rooney to end his 13-year association with the Red Devils,

“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.”

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