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Schmeichel: Rooney would be better off at Real Madrid

| 11.04.2011

Moving to Real Madrid and working under the guidance of Jose Mourinho is one of the best options open to Wayne Rooney in order to calm his recent on-field problems.

Rooney has been constantly in the headlines in the last six weeks for various reasons, with the good stories including seven goals in his last eight games in all competitions.

However, what looked like a deliberate elbow on Wigan’s James McCarthy sparked some outrage and then some foul language in front of a camera when scoring a hat-trick against West Ham led to a two-game ban.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes that getting away from Old Trafford is one option to help him overcome his problems, with Real Madrid potentially one of the clubs that would be best suited to him.

Schmeichel told Ekstra Bladet: “It would be good for him to play for another club. Real Madrid under Mourinho, is someone that could handle him and get the best out of him.

“It is painful to say that that the best player you have, which he is at United, he is better off trying something new. United will probably not sell him to another English club, but a change of scenery would help.”

Rooney was forced to sit out of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Fulham, with the victory maintaining their seven-point advantage at the top of the table.

Manchester United are now 1/7 in the Premier League odds, but their first immediate focus will be ensuring their qualification to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Chelsea, with Rooney able to take part in the second leg.

Rooney scored the only goal of the first leg at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United are now 2/7 to progress to face either Schalke or Inter Milan.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.