Man United transfers: ‘Wayne Rooney may want a fresh challenge’

Man United transfers: Mike Phelan says Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney could leave this summer in search of a fresh challenge

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Wayne Rooney has scored 12 Premier League goals this term Photo: The Sport Review

Mike Phelan believes Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United this summer if the striker wants a “fresh challenge”.

The 27-year-old’s Red Devils future is currently in doubt after the England international had a transfer request rejected at the end of the season.

Rooney, who scored 12 Premier League goals last season, has been linked with a controversial switch to Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

But Phelan, who worked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant for five seasons before leaving this summer, reckons Rooney would be foolish to leave the world’s “best” club.

“Wayne is at the greatest club you can be at,” Phelan told BBC Sport.

“Why would you want to jeopardise that, unless you want a fresh challenge and you feel that challenge isn’t being met at Manchester United.”

Ferguson’s successor David Moyes is expected to hold talks with the former Everton youth graduate this week to clarify the forward’s future.

But Phelan refused to give any indication whether he thought the former Toffees manager would be successful in convincing the Three Lions star to remain at Old Trafford.

“What will be will be,” added Phelan. “I haven’t got a clue.”

Rooney has scored 197 goals in 400 appearances for the Red Devils after the striker joined the Reds Devils in a £25.6m move to Everton in 2004.

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