By FOX SPORTS staff
Rooney's future has been a source of constant speculation ever since Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that the forward requested to leave the club.
New Red Devils manager David Moyes made it clear to the media that he had no intention of selling Rooney this summer, but Redknapp encouraged the former Everton player to seek new pastures before the fans turned on him.
"When Ferguson made it public that he'd put in a transfer request, I thought it made his position untenable. I think the fans probably look at him now and think that if he's asked for a transfer then he doesn't want to be at the football club and he wants a change," he said to Sky Sports News HD.
"I actually feel it might be the best thing for Wayne. I don't subscribe to the fact that if you leave Manchester United then that's the end of your life. It isn't. There are other clubs out there and he's still a very good player."
The Sky Sports pundit also believed Rooney deserved better than to play second fiddle to top scorer Robin van Persie.
"Last year he was, to a certain extent, played in all different positions. It was all about Van Persie and Rooney was, at times, shunted out to the left or the right," Redknapp pointed out.
"I think he's too good a player for that."