The frenzy surrounding Wayne Rooney and his future at Manchester United seems never-ending.

Following Rooney being left out for the crunch Champions League tie against Real Madrid last month, speculation has been rife as to the future of the former Everton man.

In the run up to the Manchester Derby, former Manchester United player Owen Hargreaves has questioned the merit of any possibility of Rooney leaving Old Trafford.

The former Manchester United star told talkSPORT: “Wayne Rooney is one of the best players in the world.

“He provides so much to the team. I just don’t know where he’d go. I don’t see the point.

“If he was German I’d say he could go to Bayern Munich and if he was Spanish it would be Real Madrid or Barcelona, but he’s not. He’s virtually a local lad.

“He identifies with the Manchester United fan base. It’s a massive club with great players and management.

“He can end up becoming one of the best players in Manchester United’s history so I don’t see the point in him going anywhere else.”

Sir Alex Ferguson was dismissive to say the least of the questions posed to him following his decision to drop Rooney and was adamant that the Croxteth born forward remains a key figure for United and would be offered a new deal in the coming months.

Whilst interest has been rumoured from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona it seems unlikely that Rooney would fit into those outfits or that they would genuinely target the England star.

Paris Saint-Germain looks the best bet for Rooney should he choose to leave as they look to heighten their reputation across Europe and the world but it’s hardly an attractive proposition as Ligue 1 does not genuinely compare in standard to the Premier League.

Rooney is currently United’s fourth all-time leading goalscorer with 197 goals, 52 strikes behind record holder Sir Bobby Charlton a record that at 27-years-old Rooney will have firmly in his sights.

If he does achieve that feat then he is likely to move into the top five appearance makers of all time in the process he certainly will become one of the clubs greatest ever players.


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