Manchester United legend Roy Keane has told unsettled striker Wayne Rooney to look after 'number one' after he reportedly decided not to renew his contract.
The 39-year-old Ipswich Town manager helped the Red Devils win seven Premier League titles before he left in 2005 after falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
It now seems Rooney is following a similar trail and leaving before his time after publically contradicting Ferguson by stating he has not been suffering from an ankle injury as previously claimed.
It is now understood that Rooney is against signing a new contract at Old Trafford meaning the club's hierarchy could decide to cash in on his services sooner rather than later.
"Players and managers fall out all the time," said Keane. "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 - that's how I look at it. When your time's up, your time's up.
"Luckily for Wayne he's at a good age and he's fit."
Along with Keane, David Beckham and Jaap Stam are other players who have left Old Trafford after falling foul of Ferguson, although he does not believe Rooney's exit is inevitable.
"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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