Van Nistelrooy believes the striker’s future could be elsewhere.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar Ruud Van Nistelrooy has said that Wayne Rooney should leave Old Trafford.
In an interview after scoring in a United legends match against Madrid the Dutchman gave his views on want-away forward Rooney.
“I think the fans would love him to stay,” Van Nistelrooy told Sky Sports.
“But when he’s not fully committed I think it’s probably better that he moves on.”
The striker’s comments come after the England international was confirmed as having put in a transfer request by retiring manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
It’s the second time during his career at the Red Devils that Rooney has made it clear that he wants to leave the club and whilst last time he was tempted to stay with a new contract, currently it’s thought United will simply cut their losses on the 27-year-old.
Th Englishman has not enjoyed one of his best seasons in Manchester since he joined the club for £32.6m from Everton in the summer of 2004.
Rooney has been somewhat overshadowed by new signing Robin Van Persie, who collected the Premier League top scorer award with 26 strikes – whilst the No.10 managed 12 efforts in the league and four in other competitions.
However, despite the United forward’s lack of potency at domestic level on the international stage the England star has been lethal, netting five goals in four World Cup qualifiers and two more in home and away friendlies against Brazil.
It’s unknown whether new Red Devils boss David Moyes – who managed Rooney at Everton – will keep his talented forward, with French champions Paris Saint-Germain reportedly first in the queue for his signature if Moyes decides to sell.