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Rooney: Why I Left Man Utd

England and Manchester United's all-time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney has explained his reasons for quitting the Red Devils last year.

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Despite the forward going through a difficult time towards the end of his United career, Rooney is considered among the greatest English footballers to have ever played the game.

The 33-year-old, who will play for England one last time when they take on the United States of America in a friendly on Thursday night, has revealed that he misses representing his former club, which he left after certain conversations with manager Jose Mourinho about his expected playing time.

"Of course you miss it," Rooney told MUTV.

"It was the highlight of my career, playing for Man United, and I was there for so long. But it was the right time.

"I wasn't playing, first of all. I have always been a player who wants to play. Obviously, I spoke to the manager and it didn't look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go.

"Obviously, you wish, the ideal situation was staying there and finishing your career there, but football changes. Different things happen and things happen for a reason.

"I left with great memories. I had a new opportunity to go and play in the States.

"I had a great time at United, though, and again I am looking forward to going back and seeing a few of my teammates, and a few friends from the staff who I have made along the way."

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Rooney scored 235 goals and assisted a further 146 strikes in 559 games during his time with the Red Devils.

Do you think Rooney should have stayed at United longer than he did? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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