Paul Scholes expects Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes expects Wayne Rooney to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The Englishman has endured a reduced role under Jose Mourinho, losing his automatic starter status for both club and country in recent months.

He’s been in and out of the team and is now only played as a back-up, even though he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record as the club’s top goal scorer.

Speaking about his former team-mate, Scholes insists Rooney’s time on the bench will be driving him up the wall.

“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t [see him staying for two more years],” he said.

“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.”

While it’s a shame to see a player of his status stuck on the bench, but there are other players in the squad who have more to offer, as we’ve seen from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the central role.

He’s under contract until summer 2019 and it’s understandable if he wants to finish his career elsewhere as the 31-year-old will want to be playing first-team football as he enters the latter stages of his career.

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