No United player has come under closer scrutiny than Rooney, who continues to be linked with a summer move.
But former United boss Atkinson declared to the Sunday Mirror: “A lot is being said about Rooney, but I think he’ll still be at the club for at least another two or three years. I look on him as maybe the best talent we’ve had since Alan Shearer, a striker who can operate to the highest standard at club and international level.
“He is a match-winner, a player who is capable of making a difference, and whatever people are saying about United, they do still have match-winners.
“You can’t criticise a team that are winning the league by miles. Maybe they are not as special as some of their earlier teams and it could have been more of a contest if City had played regularly as they did in the derby and the FA Cup semi-final.
“But over the season United have been the best in the League. United win. And they do it more than anyone.”
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