Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has urged Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford if he wants to continue to win silverware.
United this week confirmed they had turned down an improved offer from the Blues for the England striker.
Rooney has been eyeing the exit door all summer after telling Sir Alex Ferguson he wanted to leave at the end of last season. Rooney is now odds-on with Paddy Power to leave United this summer.
New United manager David Moyes is determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old, although he suggested Rooney would be playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie next season.
Rooney took offence to Moyes’s comments and has not featured under the former Everton boss in pre-season. He is now thought to be considering handing in a formal transfer request.
Wilkins admitted the situation is “getting horrible” and is a bad way for Rooney to leave, if he does go. He has warned the frontman his career will only go one way after leaving United.
“If you want to win things, then there’s no better club to be at than Manchester United,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.
“So what if you’ve got a bit of competition with Robin van Persie? It’s healthy. He should stand up to the plate and show these people what he’s made of. He’s got so much wonderful football left in him.”
While the 56-year-old may be right that Rooney still has a lot of good years ahead of him, it is best for both parties to go separate ways.
This is highlighted by reports of senior players like Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand telling Moyes to get rid of Rooney after growing increasingly frustrated with their team-mate.
United may be 23/10 to win the title in the latest Premier League odds but the last thing Moyes needs at the start of his reign is the extra pressure created by the Rooney storm. The player needs to leave, sooner rather than later.