Steve McClaren: 'Wayne Rooney won't want to leave Manchester United'

United's Wayne Rooney celebrates equalising against Southampton on January 30, 2013
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Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren believes that Wayne Rooney will remain at Old Trafford during the summer.

Former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren has insisted that striker Wayne Rooney will have no desire to leave the Premier League leaders.

Rooney was dropped from United's starting lineup by Sir Alex Ferguson for the match with Real Madrid, leading to speculation that the 27-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season.

However, McClaren believes that Rooney's career would suffer should he leave Old Trafford, insisting that there aren't many clubs that the former Everton forward would see as a better alternative.

The former England manager told Sky Sports News: "Sir Alex always says there is only one way to go after Manchester United, and that's down. He's right, that's proved.

"There are only four or five clubs that you could say to leave Manchester United to go there and it could be seen as progression.

"I know Wayne Rooney and all he wants to do is play football and win, all he wants to do is win trophies. He is a winner and there is no better club to be at than Manchester United if you are a winner. He won't want to leave unless told he can leave."

Rooney has scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for Manchester United this season.

United's Wayne Rooney celebrates equalising against Southampton on January 30, 2013
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