Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "All Wayne Rooney has heard about since last summer is Robin van Persie and that can’t have been easy for him. Strikers like to be the centre of attention at their club. So Rooney is probably very flattered by the link to Jose Mourinho. He was used to being the main man at Manchester United but last season went wrong from the moment he got injured with that nasty gash at the start of the season. It then obviously hurt being dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson — maybe he didn’t feel as valued as in the past.
"But Rooney doesn’t need to leave to be a great player. Why leave for another club when United is as big as there is? Yes, it will be a battle with Van Persie to be the No 1 striker but at United he’s surrounded by the best players in the country and that quality will drive him on."