Wayne Rooney
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Old Trafford on May 10, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney said in a press conference yesterday that he wants to stay at Manchester United beyond the end of the season. However as he reaches the twilight of his career, it appears highly unlikely that the Manchester United captain will stay the club much longer.

5 Reasons Wayne Rooney Should Leave Manchester United

His abilities are waning

Wayne Rooney is not the player he used to be in his prime. Manchester United’s record goalscorer has lost his pace, his appetite for the game as well as his ability to impact a game. His sloppy first touches, poor passing as well as lack of mobility has frustrated United fans this season. Rooney’s work rate is worse than Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who are both four years older than the United captain. It is high time that Rooney realizes that he cannot play at the highest level anymore; before things get any worse for him.

He will not get much game time at United

Wayne Rooney has made just 21 starts for Manchester United this season. And with attacking re-enforcements likely in the summer, game time for the 31-year old will be hard to come by. United have been linked with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku, and with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard already ahead of him in the pecking order, Rooney will not get a lot of game time next season.

Rooney could earn more money in China

Rooney’s likeliest destination if he decides to leave United is China. The England captain can earn a salary of up to £1 million a week if he decides to move to the far east. And the prospect staying in the glitzy city of Shanghai would certainly tempt the 31-year old’s family. Other options for him include Premier League side Everton as well as a move across the Atlantic to the USA.

He has already won everything with United

In 13 years at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has achieved it all. He has won five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup (three times), the UEFA Champions League, as well as the Club World Cup. After enjoying a stellar career at Old Trafford, it’s time for him to take on a new challenge. Rooney does not seem to have any motivation to succeed at Old Trafford anymore as well as nothing left to offer. A move elsewhere might bring back his spark and hunger for the game.

His career is coming to an end

Rooney made his professional debut in 2002 as a 16-year old. He joined United aged 18, and has never looked back. Rooney is now the club’s record goalscorer, netting 252 times in 554 matches. While he will remain a Manchester United legend, his glittering career is coming to a disappointing end. He may be only 31, but the England captain is well past his prime. He is holding Manchester United back. It is high time for him to leave the club and look for a fresh challenge.