Out-of-form Man United captain, Wayne Rooney, would have a “major impact” if he were to join Premier League rivals, Arsenal, according to former Tottenham manger, Harry Redknapp.
The England captain, who has been given the full support of the latest Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate, has been struggling for form this season, and has been under much scrutiny.
The former Everton man has been benched for the Red Devils’ last three consecutive games and that has coincided with a dramatic rise in fortunes for Mourinho’s side, leaving questions marks over his future.
Writing in the Evening Standard, Redknapp said:
“He’s suffered with his form and I hope he revives himself at Old Trafford but if not a change of scenery could do him good,”
“It was a different level to Wayne, of course, but Paul Merson transformed Portsmouth for me,” he added. “He arrived back in 2002, the lads loved him and he was a good player given a fresh test of his character.
“There are certain players who thrive off that and Wayne might just need a new challenge.
“He would be a great signing for a couple of seasons and could have a major impact on a Premier League club. He could tip the balance for a top-four team if United were to let him go.
“I’d take Wayne at Arsenal or Chelsea and he has to play as a No.9 or 10 — midfield isn’t for him yet.”
The Gunners have been on a very public search for a world class striker over the past few seasons and may consider Rooney an option, however, it would be a big ask for him to leave Old Trafford.
There is no doubting the 30-year-old’s talent, having scored 248 goals for United in over 500 appearances, winning five league titles and a Champions League trophy along the way.
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