Xavi thinks Wayne Rooney can still play a role for Manchester United

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Given his current predicament, Wayne Rooney would probably take advice from just about anyone right now.

The Manchester United man is no longer the top dog at Old Trafford. He hasn’t completed 90 minutes in the Premier League in over a month and isn’t viewed as a difference-maker.

Perhaps the most difficult thing for the 31-year-old to take has been all of the criticism that’s been thrown his way.

Man United fans used to adore Rooney. Not anymore.

Fortunately, Rooney can seek support from several of his peers. Chelsea defender John Terry recently paid tribute to his former England teammate on Instagram, calling Rooney, “one of the very best players I have seen and had the pleasure playing with in my lifetime.”

Barcelona legend Xavi has become the latest to weigh in on the United forward’s situation. He believes Rooney can continue to play at the highest level if he accepts that he can no longer play three games a week.

The World Cup winner also believes Rooney would benefit from committing to playing in midfield.

“Rooney has always played with so much energy and he may need to adjust his role and play a little deeper, but his quality is still there to see,” Xavi told Goal

“As you get older there are other things you need to accept like you can't play three games in a week or 50 games a season, but if you are willing to adapt you can still play at the highest level. 

“Wayne Rooney has been one of the best players in Europe over the last ten years - and that has not changed overnight - he still has a lot to offer."

China offer

Jose Mourinho recently said he would never sell the United hero, but that didn’t prevent rumours circulating that Shanghai SIPG were readying a lucrative £500,000-per-week deal to bring him to China.

It’s also plausible that he will follow in David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole’s path by playing in the United States.

Yet Xavi, who plays in Qatar, doesn’t want Rooney to call time on his Premier League career just yet.

“With all respect to the MLS, China, and other leagues, Wayne Rooney is not ready for that yet,” he added. “In two or three seasons maybe, but at his age it is not the time. 

“A player of his ability at his age needs to be playing in one of Europe's top leagues. 

“I still think he has a lot to offer Manchester United but if either him or the club decide not to continue that relationship, I know he would offer something to all the top clubs in Europe.”

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