Harry Redknapp: Wayne Rooney should consider joining Man Utd's title rivals

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Wayne Rooney faces a race against time to save his Manchester United career.

Out of favour and out of touch, the 30-year-old has started each of the last three games as a substitute and will struggle to force his way back into Jose Mourinho's starting line-up.

The dilemma for Rooney is who he can replace, with Juan Mata impressing in the No.10 role and the midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera dominating during last month's 4-1 victory over Leicester City.


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A potential exit from Old Trafford is on the cards as a result but for Harry Redknapp, finding a new club might actually be best for the United captain.

More specifically, Redknapp believes Rooney would benefit from joining Arsenal or Chelsea.

Writing for the Evening Standard, he said: "Wayne Rooney won't take not playing at Manchester United for much longer. That situation is going to come to a head sooner rather than later if he doesn't get back in the team.

"At the moment, he says he's okay with it and wants to fight to prove himself but Jose Mourinho clearly has his concerns about him and if that continues he could go elsewhere, maybe next summer.

"Wayne loves playing football more than anyone I've ever seen. I know he earns a fortune but he has always reminded me of a kid in the school ground just wanting to play.

"He's suffered with his form and I hope he revives himself at Old Trafford but if not a change of scenery could do him good.

"He would be a great signing for a couple of seasons and could have a major impact on a Premier League club. He could tip the balance for a top-four team if United were to let him go.

"I'd take Wayne at Arsenal or Chelsea and he has to play as a No.9 or 10 - midfield isn't for him yet."

Redknapp is certainly on to something, but the reality is that Rooney will never swap United for one of the club's Premier League rivals, especially so Arsenal and Chelsea.

But a move elsewhere in England's top-flight is certainly feasible, or perhaps abroad to the MLS, where he would follow the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

Rooney isn't the nimble player he once was and that will continue working against him in the Premier League, where pace and energy are vital.

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