Macari: United must only keep fit Rooney

Former Manchester United striker Lou Macari believes the club should only keep hold of Wayne Rooney if he can prove his fitness and dedication over the summer.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Robin van Pe

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The England international surprised many by asking the club for permission to leave at the end of the previous campaign. Reportedly, he was upset at having been upstaged by Robin van Persie over the season as well as a positional change that saw him play as a midfielder on numerous occasions.

However, ahead of the start of the summer transfer window, it appears that there is little concrete interest in the 27-year-old's services as he will likely command a large fee. Instead, Rooney's representatives might find themselves having to toil hard in order to improve relations between player and club for the second time in his Old Trafford career.

Macari, who played for 12 years at the club, fully understands the temperamental striker's position although he believes much of the responsibility should be squarely placed on Rooney's shoulders.

He told talkSPORT: "I think United would want to keep a fit and happy Wayne Rooney in his best condition but that's the big question: Is he in his best condition and the right frame of mind and does he want to get back to the form he showed when he first arrived at the club?

"He was probably a little bit unhappy about the amount of times he was taken off last season but I was at most of the games and it's difficult to say the manager's decision to substitute him was wrong.

"You have to fight to get back to your very best and we all know how good Wayne can be, his Premier League goalscoring record is up there with the best of them and he's guaranteed to score you goals."

Rooney faces the prospect of having to explain his actions to new boss David Moyes who coincidentally was also his first mentor at boyhood club Everton. Macari feels the relationship might not be as cordial as it once was, though, and fully expects Moyes to come to a professional decision in the end.

"I think the power is with Moyes now,"Macari continued. "I don't think he'll be that desperate to keep Rooney if he's not willing to get back into the right condition."

"Moyes is an experienced manager and knows players have to be focused on the job and be fully committed. No matter who you are, if you're not in the right frame of mind you're not going to be staying at Old Trafford.

"I think it depends on Moyes and Rooney sitting down and, if they do, the assurances will have to come from Wayne that he'll get back to his best, otherwise he might continue to be second best to Robin van Persie."

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