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Manchester United Were ‘Desperate’ To Offer Wayne Rooney A New Deal, Claims Ex-Wales Assistant Boss

Englishman has been tied down to the Red Devils until 2019. 

Former Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen has been heavily critical of Manchester United’s “desperate” decision to recently offer front man Wayne Rooney a new deal at Old Trafford, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The Premier League champions handed the England international a bumper five-and-a-half-year deal worth a staggering £300,0o0 per week, however, the Dutchman tweeted: “The Man United board must have been extremely desperate to save the Utd brand by giving a 300K per week salary to an ‘over the hill’ player.

“Wayne Rooney is no longer a world class player. He is a player who once in a while delivers a world class performance.”

And Verheijen also went on to suggest that his compatriot Robin van Persie would be better off quitting the Red Devils at the end of the campaign if the Netherlands international wanted to win any silverware in the remainder of his career.

“The problem of keeping both RVP & Rooney is that both players have to play. Playing with 2 strikers means nr 10 Mata has to play on the wing.”

And Verheijen later advised Van Persie to jump ship if he harbours any hope of winning trophies in the final years of his career, adding:  “It would be better for him to leave the Man United swamp.”