Sunday 19 November 2017

Rooney doesn’t have many options if he leaves United, says Michael Owen

MICHAEL OWEN believes Wayne Rooney could find himself lacking options if he severs ties with Manchester United at the end of the season.

Some of the shock at Rooney's axing for the Champions League defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday night was tempered by how the tie turned against the Old Trafford men.

But the Red Devils' performance until Nani's controversial dismissal justified Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to drop the player who slapped in a transfer request in 2010 because he felt United's squad was not good enough.

Now he is the one finding himself being eased out, with Ferguson delivering the kind of snub that is usually followed by a hefty shove through the door marked exit.

The only problem is, as Owen acknowledged, there are not many suitors out there.

"Sometimes when you're at the level he is at you don't have many options," Owen told TalkSPORT.

"If you are a mediocre player you have 20 teams in England and aboard that you can move to.

"If Wayne Rooney moves, where does he go to? Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG, there's only half a dozen teams.

"It's just speculation though.

"He's been dropped for one game and I'm sure he will bounce back."

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