English Premiership

'Rooney would take step down'

2013-08-06 12:19
Wayne Rooney (AFP)
London - Ray Wilkins has warned Wayne Rooney he will be taking a step down if he leaves Manchester United to join Chelsea, and that he should fight for his place at Old Trafford, reports talkSPORT.

Wilkins, who represented both teams, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It shouldn’t end this way, it’s getting horrible. Once you leave Manchester United there’s only one way you’re going. Man United are in the top three biggest clubs on the planet, therefore they will always buy and buy and buy because they always want to be successful.

“If you want to win things then there’s no better club to be at than Manchester United. So what if you’ve got a bit of competition with Robin van Persie, it’s healthy. He should stand up to the plate and show these people what he's made of. He’s got so much wonderful football left in him."

But Wilkins, who was Chelsea's assistant coach a few years ago, also admitted that he would love to see Rooney playing for Chelsea this season.

“If I was David Moyes there’s no way I would sell him to anyone in England. I’m sorry - he’d have to go abroad.

“I would love him to join Chelsea though. I would love nothing more than to see Wayne Rooney wearing that blue shirt.

“I just think he’s ready for his second coming, he’s 27 years old and if for some strange outcome he stays in England, then Wayne is ready to start again. Man United would be crazy to do that though, they shouldn’t sell him to one of their closest rivals.”


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