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
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"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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"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."