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Roy Keane is right, Wayne Rooney should leave Manchester United

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With Jim Gracey

As ever, on football matters in general and Manchester United in particular, I find myself nodding in agreement with the brutally honest Roy Keane.

Not all Keane's utterances on his former club have been complimentary in his refreshing role as an ITV pundit.

It would be easy to cite sour grapes over his rancorous split with his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson. But there have been some uncomfortable truths for their fans to swallow and his take on the Wayne Rooney situation yesterday was nail on the head again.

Any player who wanted to leave United should be sold, Keane said, for the right price. But he added that it should be acknowledged what Rooney had done in nine years at United. That is where I part company with Keano.

Rooney's potential from the same starting block as his truly world class contemporaries, Ronaldo and Messi, should see him now operating as their equal in the current pantheon of greats. That he occupies a much lower step entirely is both his and United's loss.

There is little class either in the campaign to force his move, his 'camp' variously blaming fans, team-mates, Ferguson and Moyes for offending sensitivities incompatible with certain of his previous lifestyle choices. Keano is right. Rooney should get his coat.

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