Roy Keane tells Man United player to leave in the summer

Roy Keane says Wayne Rooney should leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney Photo: BT Sport

Roy Keane has urged Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United in search of first-team football in the summer transfer window.

The 31-year-old striker has found first-team football hard to come by at Old Trafford this season following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager last summer.

Indeed, Rooney has only made 12 Premier League starts for the Red Devils so far this season and has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the team.

His lack of playing time has inevitably led to suggestions that Rooney could seek to move away from the club this summer in search of regular football.

And former Manchester United midfielder Keane has urged Rooney to do just that if he is unable to break into the first team under Mourinho.

Asked if Rooney should leave Manchester United when the transfer window reopens, Keane told ITV Sport: “Yeah, if he’s not going to get the games.

“If Wayne is going to stay at United for the next year or two and play, what? 10, 15 games a season? It’s no good to anybody.

“And I think Wayne is the type of player who needs to be playing regularly to keep in shape and keep on top of his game.

“So if he’s going to be a bit-part player at United, then forget about it, he’s got to move on.”

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Manchester United travel to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday in what will be the final game at the current White Hart Lane.

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