Man United transfers: ‘Red Devils must sign Bale or Ronaldo if Rooney leaves’

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says only signing Gareth Bale or Crisitano Ronaldo would offset Wayne Rooney's exit

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Wayne Rooney scored 12 Preamier League goals last season Photo: bwin

Gary Neville believes Manchester United manager David Moyes would need to sign Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo if the Reds Devils allow Wayne Rooney to join Chelsea.

The Blues have tested United’s resolve with two bids for the England international, who is reported to be keen on a switch to the west London outfit this summer.

The 27-year-old scored a disappointing 12 Premier League goals last term but former United right-back Neville still feels Rooney is a valuable commodity for the Premier League champions.

“Manchester United can’t sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea football club, unless they bring in a major major signing,” Neville told Sky Sports News.

“You’ve got here absolute gold in Wayne Rooney. You’re talking about someone who is proven over six, seven, eight years, to deliver season in, season out.

“Wayne Rooney in this moment in time, from what I know, he’ll never drop his standards in training, he’ll work his absolute backside off and that’s important to know. However, there is something brewing behind the scenes, you can see that.

“Chelsea have made bids for him but Manchester United can’t sell him to Chelsea, unless they go and sign (the likes of) Bale and Ronaldo and you think ‘okay we can potentially sacrifice someboby’, but the importance of Wayne Rooney at Manchester United is absolutely vital.

“He’s a champion player, somebody who in the middle of October when you’re four points behind in the league and going to Chelsea, and you’ve got Arsenal the Saturday after, he’s the guy who wins you the league.

“He gets up the pitch and back, sets up goals, the one who literally will be the one who will take you towards that championship, the one who will dig in.”

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