Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan believes Wayne Rooney could be seeking a fresh start away from Old Trafford, according to BBC
Phelan was speaking to the BBC’s Five Live radio station and revealed his belief that the only reason Rooney could look to leave United would be to find a new challenge, having won all there is to win during his time with the Red Devils.
“Wayne is at the greatest club you can be at,” Phelan said. “ Why would you want to jeopardise that, unless you want a fresh challenge and you feel that challenge isn’t being met at Manchester United,” Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man added.
Rooney has previously asked to leave United before, in October 2010, only to withdraw his transfer request and sign a new contract shortly after. Ferguson claimed at the end of the season that Rooney had asked to leave the club, only for the Rooney camp to deny that was the case.
David Moyes has since been confirmed as the retiring Ferguson’s successor, with the chequered past between Moyes and Rooney – relating to their Everton days and later legal action directed by the manager against the player – leading to further speculation.
Phelan continued: “Every player is entitled to express a desire to want to move on. Any player can do that at any time.
“In Wayne’s case, in the first instance in 2010, he took a lot of advice on that and got steered towards making that call but the manager was terrific. He talked to him and asked why would he want to leave the club.”
Phelan left United after Ferguson’s retirement, with Moyes appointing his Everton colleague Steve Round as Phelan’s successor.
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