Should Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney join Everton?

November 30, -0001
  • Wayne Rooney is ready to quit Manchester United with career coming to end
  • The striker is being strongly linked with a move to the Chinese Super League
  • He is also wanted by former club Everton and teams in Major League Soccer 
  • Sportsmail’s experts discuss if he should leave and if so, where should he go

Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been thrown into doubt with the captain accepting that his Old Trafford career is coming to an end.

The United captain has a £35million-a-year offer on the table to play in China, where the transfer window closes next Tuesday.

But should he stay in Manchester, take a big-money move to the Chinese Super League or return to where it all began for him at Everton?

Here, Sportsmail’s experts discuss whether he should quit the Manchester club and if so, what is his best option.

 Wayne Rooney will quit Man United after accepting his time at the club is coming to an end

Wayne Rooney will quit Man United after accepting his time at the club is coming to an end

 The Red Devils skipper is unhappy with his reduced role at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho 

The Red Devils skipper is unhappy with his reduced role at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho 

Matt Barlow

Wayne Rooney has just turned 31. The same age as Kevin Keegan when he signed for Newcastle. There is plenty of football in Rooney. He can play at a high level in various different positions.

If there is no future in a developing team at Manchester United, that’s no disgrace. It suggests he is no longer at the very top. But there is no sense in wallowing in the background when he can leave and enjoy the final years of his career, playing regularly. 

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With his profile, talent and experience, there would be a long line of English takers. It would mean a serious pay cut but he can select a good place to end his career. Why not help revive one of our sleeping giants as Keegan did? 

It would a perfect postscript to a career for someone who, we are always told, simply loves playing football. It would be a more fitting end than a money-grabbing scramble to China which would effectively signal the end of his England career. 

 Rooney has a £35m offer from China while their is interest from MLS and former club Everton

Rooney has a £35m offer from China while their is interest from MLS and former club Everton

Rob Draper

Yes, he should leave at the end of the season. He’s going to be a bit-part player at United. And if he wants cash, then there’s only one place to go. That said, he’d find it easier to settle in the USA, though the pay cut would be hard to swallow. And for pure emotional value, it would be great if he could engineer a move to Everton.

 United skipper Rooney is wanted by former club Everton as well of a host of overseas sides

United skipper Rooney is wanted by former club Everton as well of a host of overseas sides

Simon Jones

Yes, he should leave at the end of the season. Ideally, a return to Everton would be a fitting way to end his career in this country. Join an ambitious project, rekindle the fires, and help the young generation they have there now to realise his boyhood dream of winning a trophy. Of course, financially, it is unrealistic unless he makes a big compromise on his salary but he could still go to China, the Middle East or MLS after that.

 Jose Mourinho could also lose the England skipper to a Major League Soccer outfit 

Jose Mourinho could also lose the England skipper to a Major League Soccer outfit 

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Mike Keegan 

Everton. The sight of our nation’s leading goalscorer plodding about for a few quid in China does not bear thinking about. Go home, Wayne. Go home and fire your first love into Europe. 

 Rooney, pictured playing in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial in 2015, could return to Everton 

Rooney, pictured playing in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in 2015, could return to Everton 

Laurie Whitwell

No. Wayne Rooney is clearly being ushered towards to the exit by Jose Mourinho but to leave now would represent an acceptance that it will come through the back door.

Rooney should depart from Manchester United, the club he has served so well for more than a decade, with better timing and one final push for a place. 

Understandably frustrated at his game time, the end of the season offers a cleaner break than this half-season fudge. 

 A £35million-a-season offer is on the table for Rooney from a team in China

A £35million-a-season offer is on the table for Rooney from a team in China

Jack Gaughan 

Yes, but not yet. Going mid-season would be a travesty and deprive Rooney of a proper goodbye. Regardless, United might need him if injuries suddenly stack up. Heading to the US would be his best bet, where Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard recently plied their trade. 

 Rooney will only have a select few suitors able to take on his £230,000-per-week wages

Rooney will only have a select few suitors able to take on his £230,000-per-week wages

 

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