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Time is up for Wayne Rooney


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Wayne Rooney has not been a regular first team fixture at Mourinho’s Manchester United, so is it time for him to move on?

An emotional lap of honour to end the season certainly reeked of goodbyes, and Rooney’s efficacy in the Premier League has been in doubt for some time now.

Above: Rooney has often been conspicuous only through his absence at Manchester United this season...

Phil Neville told Sky Sports News: "It looks like he's on his way out of Manchester United and it happens towards the end of your time.”

He too thinks on-pitch performances signalled that it’s time to look to the exit door: “You get the signs that now is the time to leave, and probably now is the time.”

Neville, however, believes that it isn’t time for Rooney to retire just yet. He thinks he’ll continue playing, but argues it is best that his career continued away from Manchester United: "If he wants to continue playing at the highest level - week in, week out - and be the first name on the team sheet, then he'll probably have to go and play his football elsewhere."

Rooney has mainly found his place on the bench this season, but is locked into a contract that sees United pay him around £300,000 a week. Simply put - that’s immensely inefficient for the reds, despite their financial power.

Heading into a transfer window in which, as most Manchester United fans agree, quite a lot of activity is needed in terms of ins-and-outs at Old Trafford, Rooney’s immense wage bill looks especially inefficient.

As poignant as it will be when he finally says goodbye to Old Trafford, it’s high time he did. 

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