Man United transfers: ‘Wayne Rooney wants to feel loved by Red Devils’

Man United transfers: Michael Owen believes Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney just wants to feel loved by the Premier League champions

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

Michael Owen believes Manchester United need to prove to Wayne Rooney that he is still loved by the Premier League champions.

The England international has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after having a transfer request rejected by the Red Devils at the end of the season.

Rooney scored a disappointing 12 Premier League goals as the Red Devils forward was overshadowed by the prolific Robin van Persie, who joined from Arsenal in August.

And Owen, who spent three seasons at United, reckons the reported Paris Saint-Germain target just wants to feel valued by the 20-time English champions

“I don’t think it’s a case that it’s his last chance for a big move, you don’t get anywhere bigger than Manchester United,” Owen told talkSPORT.

“It’s more a case of, is he wanted, is he loved, is he appreciated? He wants to be the top man, the main goalscorer, and I think that’s what it all boils down to.

“I think one thing that may have knocked him off his stride a bit last season was Robin van Persie coming in and becoming the main man.

“If you’re the striker in a team for so long you like having that pressure it puts you under, and when someone comes in and gets picked ahead of you on certain occasions, it knocks your confidence a bit and consequently he’s not feeling on top of the world.

“He wants to be scoring goals on a regular basis for Manchester United. If that’s going to happen then he’ll be more than happy to stay.”

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