Friday 28 April 2017

Once a Blue, always a Blue? Paul Scholes makes bold prediction on Wayne Rooney's future

Wayne Rooney, left, could leave Manchester United according to Paul Scholes, right
Wayne Rooney, left, could leave Manchester United according to Paul Scholes, right
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Scholes has urged his former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney to resist the temptation to make a move to China’s Super League and suggested he would be better suited to a move to America.

Rooney has been strongly linked with a move to the Far East in recent days, but reports today suggest the 31-year-old United skipper is not keen to seal a move before China’s transfer deadline next Tuesday.

Now Scholes has offered his views on the biggest story in soccer this week, as he suggested a move away from United may soon become inevitable for Rooney as he continued to be overlooked by manager Jose Mourinho.

Yet Scholes suggests he may live to regret taking the biggest financial offer on the table by moving to China.

Wayne Rooney. Everton Youth v Aston Villa Youth in the FA Cup Final Youth Cup. Picture shows: Everton's super young star Wayne Rooney who scored and celebrates with his team mates after putting Everton 1-0 up. Written on his T-shirt is 'Once A Blue Always A Blue'.
NORTHPIX PICS PHIL RICHARDS..EVERTON YOUTH V VILLA YOUTH..IN THE FA CUP FINAL YOUTH CUP..PIC SHOWS EVERTONS SUPER YOUNG STAR..WAYNE ROONIE SCORES AND CELEBRATES WITH HIS TEAMATES AFTER PUTTING HIS TEAM 1 UP ON HIS T SHIRT IS
Wayne Rooney. Everton Youth v Aston Villa Youth in the FA Cup Final Youth Cup. Picture shows: Everton's super young star Wayne Rooney who scored and celebrates with his team mates after putting Everton 1-0 up. Written on his T-shirt is 'Once A Blue Always A Blue'. NORTHPIX PICS PHIL RICHARDS..EVERTON YOUTH V VILLA YOUTH..IN THE FA CUP FINAL YOUTH CUP..PIC SHOWS EVERTONS SUPER YOUNG STAR..WAYNE ROONIE SCORES AND CELEBRATES WITH HIS TEAMATES AFTER PUTTING HIS TEAM 1 UP ON HIS T SHIRT IS "ONCE A BLUE ALWAYS A BLUE"

“It does look like he is going to be going somewhere, but I just don’t see China being the right place for him,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“He is a family man and it doesn’t seem the right place for him to go. It is the right place to go financially, obviously, but maybe he will go back to Everton for a couple of years.

“I think America will be better for him. Do what Steven Gerrard did, do what David Beckham did. The lifestyle will be better over there.”

Scholes went on to suggest Rooney will be infuriated by his demotion to bench warmer at United in recent months and suggested he may move to ensure he plays regular football in the final years of his career.

“I don’t know if he should go, but I think he will want to go,” he added. “Wayne is a player who wants to play football every week, whether it is a big game or a small game, he wants to play.

“This will be hurting him at the minute, not being selected for the bigger games. He will get frustrated. I don’t see him hanging about if he is not playing in the big games, but I hope there is a bit of fight left in him.

“We are probably being a bit premature. He is only 31, he still has time to fight his way back into this team.”

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