Jose Mourinho admits he wouldn't stand in the way of Wayne Rooney if he wants to leave Man United
Wayne Rooney, who on Saturday became the club's highest ever goalscorer, beating Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249, has been linked with a mega-money move to the Far East.
But Rooney's powers are on the wane despite his wonderful free-kick which salvaged a point against Stoke at Old Trafford – and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he will not interfere if his captain wants to leave the club.
Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his 250th Man United goal against Stoke
"The future belongs to him and what he wants in his career," said Mourinho. "The way he wants to end it, the way he wants to enjoy the last part of it, that belongs to him.
"I don't like to be critical of players who decide to go to China. It's their life and their career. The money is huge, the experience can also be interesting.
Rooney scoring his record-breaking goal in the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium
"I know some of my colleagues think they are more important than they are and think they can interfere in the lives of other people, but I'm not that sort of guy.
"Everybody is responsible for their own life, I'm not critical with anyone."
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But Mourinho does believe that Rooney still has a part to play at Old Trafford if he so chooses. "I think he has more to give us," said Mourinho.
"But, I repeat, you reach a certain level in a career when it is up to him. Could anyone have been critical of Zlatan if, last summer, he decided to go to China or USA? One guy who has had an amazing career – and it is the same with Wayne. Wayne owns his career."