Harry Redknapp tells striker to leave Man United for new challenge

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager offers Wayne Rooney some advice about his Manchester United striker

Harry Redknapp believes Wayne Rooney should return to Everton from Manchester United and help turn the Toffees into a top-four side.

The England international became Manchester United’s record goal-scorer on Saturday afternoon after the 31-year-old scored his 250th goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with Stoke City in added time at the Britannia Stadium.

Rooney has found his first-team opportunities limited under Jose Mourinho this season after two goals and five assists in 16 games in the Premier League, although eight of those appearances have come from the bench.

The Manchester United captain moved to Old Trafford in a big-money deal from Everton in 2004 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday morning, former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United manager Redknapp offered Rooney some advice about the next step in his distinguished Premier League career.

“Mourinho doesn’t see him as a starter. He doesn’t think he is better than Zlatan,” Redknapp said.

“Maybe it is time for him to have one more challenge – go somewhere where is wanted and going to be a big player.

“He could go back to his own club Everton. He is an Everton fan. Go back there, finish your career there and take Everton into the Champions League positions.

“He could go there and turn them into a top four club. He could make the difference.

“He could help these young kids who have come in. Imagine having Rooney back around to help on the park, look after them and teach them the game.”

Rooney is also England’s leading goal-scorer ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.

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Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table.

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