‘Rooney’s time at United is finished’

Wayne Rooney's time as a player at Manchester United is over since he isn't a guaranteed started at Old Trafford any more, according to former Red Devil Paul Ince.

Two-time Premier League winner Ince spent six seasons at United under Alex Ferguson, before moving to Inter Milan and later Liverpool and Middlesbrough in the Premier League.

Ince believes Rooney still has plenty to offer and is simply too good a player to sit on the bench, after Rooney has made only eight starts in the Premier League this season.

"If I was in his position, at his age, there’s absolutely no chance I’d stay at Manchester United," Ince wrote in a column for Paddy Power. 

"Rooney is 31 and still has a lot to offer. He wants to play football, and wants to play every game. His time at Man United is finished if they can’t offer him that anymore. He’s too good to be a bit-part player and it’s time for him to move on from Manchester United."

The former England international also believes Rooney has been criticised unduly this season, irrespective of him only finding the back of the net on two occasions in the Premier League.

"People shouldn’t even be suggesting that Wayne Rooney is finished in football," Ince continued. 

"It’s disrespectful to even suggest that. He is world class, and has proven that time and time again at the highest level.

"There’s been talk of a move to China or to the MLS, but he still has plenty more to give to top-flight English football. If Jose Mourinho said he was available, there should be plenty of Premier League top half clubs who would jump to sign him."