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Marcus Rashford: Wayne Rooney’s career is nowhere near over

by Leo Nieboer

Marcus Rashford has insisted that Wayne Rooney‘s Manchester United career is nowhere near over despite dropping to the bench at Old Trafford last season.

Rooney begun the 2016/17 campaign as a regular starter but was quickly reduced to the role of token squad player following a series of woeful performances under Jose Mourinho.

The 31-year-old confirmed soon after winning the Europa League that he would make a “footballing decision” over the summer, noting that there were a number of offers on the table.

But Rashford, when asked about his captain, was adamant that he still had a future at Old Trafford.

“Wayne is a massive influence around the whole squad,” said Rashford.

“He still has a lot to do in his career. There’s still a lot trophies he’ll hope to be playing for. Knowing Wayne, it’s nowhere near over.”

The 19-year-old sees a side of Rooney that us, the general public, don’t get witness. What we tend to see these days is the Englishman coming on and letting the ball bounce off him as the pace and technical side of the game gets the better of him for 30 minutes.

What Rashford sees, on the other hand, is a man who has, pretty much ever since that goal against Arsenal for Everton, unceasingly been under the national spotlight for every performance, off-pitch development or basically anything deemed worth reporting at national tabloids.

Question his ability, sure, but never question the notion that Rooney has thicker skin than most footballers. Youngsters like Rashford, therefore, will feel as if they can still learn plenty from the skipper.

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