Football

SCHOLES SPEAKS

ON WAYNE ROONEY'S POTENTIAL

"There's a chance he's worn out. Wayne's peak may have been a lot younger than what we'd expect of footballers traditionally.

Age 28 or 29 has been the normal 'peak'. With Wayne, it could have been when he scored 27 league goals in 2011/2012 when he was 26."

ON ROY HODGSON DROPPING ROONEY TO GET THE BEST OUT OF HIM

"If (his) form doesn't get up to scratch... it'll be interesting to see if the England management team have the b**** to make that decision. To get the best from Wayne, the manager needs to tell him: 'Don't bother running back. Stay up top.

Score goals. That's your job in my team'."

ON ROONEY AS A MIDFIELDER

"It'll be interesting next season with Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and how he decides to play Wayne. It looks like it might come to a straight choice between Wayne and Robin van Persie. Rooney's got all the ability to take over my old position. Whether he has the discipline to do it, right now I'm not sure."

ON JOINING VAN GAAL'S COACHING TEAM

"I've not spoken to Edward Woodward. I came back for Ryan Giggs for the last few games to try to help out, but I'm not waiting for a phone call and don't expect to be at Old Trafford next season."

ON WHETHER 
VAN GAAL IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR UNITED

"Louis van Gaal has the credentials but United are a long way behind. If van Gaal gets them to the Champions League, it'll be a start."

ON WHO UNITED NEED TO SIGN

"The first player I'd bring in is Toni Kroos. He's a top-class central midfield player but United need five or six to get anywhere near the top of the English Premier League again."