Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has claimed there is no reason why former fellow team-mate Wayne Rooney can not stay at Old Trafford if he accepts his reduced game time.
Under manager Jose Mourinho, Rooney saw his playing time greatly reduced last season, after having a subordinate role to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata, prompting speculation of a move to former boyhood club Everton or even China.
Following United’s Europa League triumph on 24 May, the England international admitted that he was considering offers from elsewhere and had more or less decided his future, but would take time to finalise his plans.
The 31-year-old who remains United’s leading scorer of all time after achieving a total of 253 goals last season, has two years remaining on his current contract. But under Mourinho had only made 15 league starts and scored eight goals in all competitions.
Giggs who in last five seasons playing for the Red Devils never played more than 25 league games but still played a key role due to his experience and overall quality, told Sky Sports News Rooney just needs he may not be offered a game every week.
“Wayne is a proven goalscorer, give him a chance Wayne will score,” he said.
“It is whether he can put up with not being first choice or whether he can develop his game which I had to around the same age, not being certain to play every game, but playing 25-30 games and contributing.
“If Wayne can do that then I don’t see why he can’t still be at the club.”
Rooney who has been with the club since 2004, may find it increasingly hard to find a place this upcoming season as it Mourinho is reportedly closing a deal to sign Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.