Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes a limited role at the club this season is “killing” captain Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has made a total of 29 appearances across all competitions this season, although many have come from the bench and in cup games.
And Scholes believes that could see the 31-year-old leave the club at the end of the season.
“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t,” he told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
Scholes also hailed the impact of manager Jose Mourinho, backing him to lead the club into the top four.
“It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years,” he 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.”