England captain Wayne Rooney spent the majority of 2016/17 Premier League season on the bench having being reduced to cameo role by manager Jose Mourinho following a dip in form.
With United’s 29-goal man Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffering an ACL injury, United struggled for goals, scoring at least 23 fewer than their top-six rivals and played out a club record 15 draws.
However, with the new season approaching, after sealing Champions League qualification following their Europa League triumph, United are looking to bolster their attack and have been linked with about six marquee strikers across Europe such as Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham ace Harry Kane.
But Red Devils legend Bryan Robson feels it will be too expensive to sign two strikers as back up to Antony Martial and Marcus Rashford this summer.
“I think I’ve heard that Mourinho wants him to stay,” Robson was speaking to MarathonBet, United’s official Global betting partner when asked if he wants Rooney to remain at Old Trafford beyond this season.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s going to cost a hell of a lot of money if we want to bring two strikers into the club to go with Rashford and Martial.
“I would like Wayne to stay. He hasn’t had such a great season but he’s still got unbelievable ability.
“It’s how much desire he’s got to break more records and keep going. Only Wayne can make that decision.”
Rooney signed for United in 2004 from Everton and the 31-year-old forward has earned himself a legendary status at the club, beating Bobby Charlton’s record to become their highest goalscorer with 251 goals in 13 years.