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RAY WILKINS has told Wayne Rooney: You’ll be tak­ing a step down if you leave Manch­ester United for Chelsea.

Ex-Eng­land skip­per Wilkins turned out for both clubs in a 24-year play­ing ca­reer.

And the for­mer Chelsea as­sis­tant man­ager is con­vinced that United will al­ways be the big­ger of his two for­mer em­ploy­ers.

He said: “I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again, ‘Once you leave Manch­ester United there’s only one way you’re go­ing’.

“United are in the top three big­gest clubs on the planet, and they will al­ways buy and buy and buy be­cause they al­ways want to be suc­cess­ful.

“If you want to win things then there’s no bet­ter club to be at than Manch­ester United.”


Rooney is an­noyed new Old Traf­ford boss David Moyes has made Robin van Per­sie his No.1 choice up front.

But Wilkins urged the Eng­land ace to stick it out at United and prove him wrong.

He added: “So what if you’ve got a bit of com­pe­ti­tion with Van Per­sie? It’s healthy.

“He should show th­ese peo­ple what he’s made of. He’s got so much won­der­ful football left in him.”

But if Rooney does move then Stam­ford Bridge would be Wilkins’ pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion.

He said: “I would love noth­ing more than to see Wayne Rooney wear­ing that blue shirt.

“I just think he’s ready for his sec­ond com­ing. He’s 27-years-old and if he stays in Eng­land, then Wayne is ready to start again.

“Man United would be crazy to do that though, they shouldn’t sell him to one of their clos­est ri­vals.”

WARN­ING: Wilkins

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