Gary Neville offers blunt advice to Man United star

Gary Neville urges Wayne Rooney to ignore talk of a move to China and focus on helping Manchester United win trophies this season

Gary Neville has urged Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United and ignore a possible transfer to China before the end of the season.

The Manchester United captain’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent weeks due to his lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford this season.

Rooney has only made eight starts in the Premier League this season following Mourinho’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in May.

There has been speculation in the British media linking Rooney with a possible transfer to China before the Super League window closes next week.

However, with Manchester United still fighting for trophies this season, Neville has urged Rooney to stay at Old Trafford and try to earn a place back in the team.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “I’d like to think Wayne Rooney would stay at Manchester United.

“It’s strange timing – the [English] transfer window over and yet this debate when there’s still two months of the season to go. That seems odd. There’s still a contribution to be made and many trophies to be played for and won at United.

“I’ve known Wayne for a long time but I haven’t spoken to him; I’m waiting to see what happens but the timing seems odd when United need their squad. Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay left in January, which means the squad – if they got two or three injuries – would be depleted.

“The fact they’re still in the Europa League, playing very important games in the league and the FA Cup and have a cup final, I’d imagine Jose would want his squad in place.

“I can also see the other side of it that if Wayne’s unhappy and doesn’t want to sit on the bench, maybe there would be a move. End of the season, I could maybe see something but why now? I’m not sure.”

Rooney will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.

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