Paul Scholes: Lack of playing time 'killing' Man United's Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney could look to leave Manchester United because of his lack of playing time, former teammate Paul Scholes has told the Daily Mail.

United captain Rooney, who broke Sir Bobby Charlton's club goal-scoring record last month, has not started a Premier League game since Dec. 17 and was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League during the transfer window.

The 31-year-old has two more seasons left on his contract, but Scholes is not sure the England captain will see out his deal at Old Trafford and said playing largely in cup games would be "killing" him.

"If it carries on going the way it is, I can't," he said.

"Maybe it will be reassessed at the end of the season if he's in and out of the team.

"I don't see him as a player who will accept that. He will want to be at a team where he's playing every week.

"No one will be more frustrated than Wayne at not playing. Being a sub will be driving him up the wall.

"It will be killing him just coming in for the Europa League or the FA Cup. But it's up to him to get his head down and prove he can play in the big games."

United are sixth in the Premier League with 13 games left, and Scholes backed manager Jose Mourinho to lead them to a top-four finish.

"It's been a massive improvement from what we've seen in the last couple of years," the former England midfielder said.

"I watch them now and have no doubt they'll finish in the top four. They're playing the best out of the top six, with Chelsea, and you have to fancy them to finish second or third."