Former Man United striker casts doubt over Rooney’s future

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Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have at times endured a love-hate relationship. However, that seemed to have subsided during the January transfer window, when it was revealed that Rooney was being informed of transfer targets and considering signing a £300,000 a week contract extension.

The arrival of Juan Mata also seemed to placate a player whose future looked to be away from the club he’s called home for the past 10 seasons, as recently as last summer.

Just when things looked to be smoothing out for the tumultuous pair, former United striker Dwight Yorke has stoked the fires once more, by claiming Rooney could leave should David Moyes fail to land a top-four spot this season.

“I think Wayne Rooney will have to sit and sort of look at the situation,” he said. “I think if I was Wayne Rooney that’s exactly what I would be doing because I don’t want to be in a Man United team that has been deemed the worst Man United team – or we are not challenging and playing in Champions League football next year.

“He can’t afford to do that. He is running out of time. He is at that certain age now when he needs Champions League football even more than before,” Yorke told the Manchester Evening News.

With the Red Devils the 7/2 joint-fifth favourites to land a Champions League ticket next season, Rooney’s future is still very much in the balance according to Yorke’s thinking, and the club will certainly need to get back to winning ways against Fulham.

United are the 2/9 favourites to do just that when the Cottagers visit on Sunday, having lost for the eighth time this season last time out against Stoke.

With a seven-point gap to make up on Liverpool in fourth, United slip-ups are now akin to snow storms in cricket matches, unthinkable.

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