Paul Scholes believes that Wayne Rooney has earned the right to decide his future at Manchester United over the summer.
The 31-year-old was consigned to the bench by Jose Mourinho back in September following a string of poor performances and could leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.
It has been reported in recent weeks that Ronald Koeman had expressed a desire to bring Rooney back to boyhood club Everton this summer; interest has also come from West Ham United and the Chinese Super League.
And Scholes, speaking earlier this week, noted that Rooney, following 13 seasons of service at Old Trafford.
This mantra espoused by Scholes surely applies to any player. If Rooney wants to extend this new era of serving as a token squad player under Mourinho into the 2017/18 season, then so be it; if on the other hand, he wants to leave then nobody will hold the Englishman hostage.
That said, it is worth remembering that nobody is above the authority of the manager, regardless of how much they have achieved. If the Portuguese, just like he did with Bastian Schweinsteiger, makes it clear to Rooney that he doesn’t figure in his plans ahead of next year’s campaign, he will have no option but to move on.