Michael Owen: Man United Must Make Wayne Rooney Feel Loved

Former England star believes striker needs to feel appreciated.

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Former Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen has told talkSport that he believes Wayne Rooney needs to full appreciated by United if they are to persuade him to stay.

There has been constant speculation over the last few months about the future of Rooney, ever since he was controversially dropped for United’s Champions League last sixteen tie against Real Madrid.

The player was reportedly furious at being left out of the starting eleven and made it clear to Sir Alex Ferguson he felt marginalised following the arrival of Robin Van Persie last summer.

Just before his retirement, Fergie revealed that Rooney handed in his second transfer request in three years, although that has since been denied by both club and player.

United hoped relations would be patched up by the arrival of Rooney’s former mentor, David Moyes, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement, but at the Scotsman’s first press conference, he remain coy when asked if Rooney wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Moyes insisted Rooney was not for sale, however Owen believes United will only hang on to the player if Rooney feels he is the main man.

Owen expressed his belief that Rooney felt slighted following the arrival of Van Persie but insisted they would be able to hold on to the England star if they can get him happy and scoring goals again.

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