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Rooney position at Manchester United 'not untenable', insists Docherty

The former Red Devils manager admits that every player has their price but feels that a good start to the season would easily see the forward's desire to leave forgiven

Ex-Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty does not think that Wayne Rooney's position at Old Trafford is "untenable" but admits that every player has their price.

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With the England international set on leaving United, it was confirmed on Wednesday that the Red Devils had rejected an offer from Chelsea but Docherty argues that fans would forgive his desire to depart should he remain and start the season in style.

"I get a bit annoyed sometimes with clubs saying: 'This player is not available at any price'. Every player in the football league is available for transfer, providing the price is right," he told Perform.

"I think it's a massive job for David Moyes, who is a terrific manager. Probably his choice of words were wrong when he said something to the effect of 'we will need Wayne in case anything happens to Robin van Persie'.

"But I don't think [Rooney's] position is untenable. I mean, for argument's sake, say Wayne starts the season for United like he normally does and goes off like a bomb, all of this will be forgotten.

"If he starts in the first-team at the start of the season and he goes off like a house on fire, the supporters will forgive and forget."

While the 85-year-old concedes that the former Everton striker could leave, he says that he would strive to keep him if he were still in charge. 

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"Financially, United are a very wealthy club, so they don't need the money, so they don't have to sell him," he continued, "but, if it becomes a situation where Wayne wants to leave or he puts a request in writing then, providing the price is right, he could go.

"Personally, I would keep him, I think he is a tremendous player, he's a very good professional and he scores goals - and he's two years younger than Van Persie."

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