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Wayne Rooney looks on as Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on October 16, 2010

Wayne Rooney looks on as Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on October 16, 2010

Alex Livesey

Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is under scrutiny

Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is under scrutiny

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Wayne Rooney looks on as Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on October 16, 2010

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane insists players are just pieces of meat and has advised Wayne Rooney to make sure he puts his own interests first.

The England striker's future at Old Trafford was thrown into doubt after he contradicted manager Alex Ferguson on an injury issue and he dropped a bombshell yesterday when he told the club that he will not sign a new contract.



With his current deal set to run out in the summer of 2012, the 24-year-old could be sold as early as January -- with Manchester City lining up a shock swoop.



Ipswich manager Keane, who ended a 12-year stint with United in 2005 after a spat with Ferguson, said: "Players and managers fall out all the time. It's part of life.



"If I was to offer advice to Wayne, who is a good lad, I would tell him to make sure he looks after number one.



"Players are pieces of meat. When your time's up, your time's up. Luckily for Wayne he's at a good age and he's fit."



Keane does not believe that an exit is inevitable with Rooney.

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"It depends on the situation and whether you have been lied to or not," he said. "But, as usual, we are second-guessing what has gone on at the club, which is dangerous."


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