By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens

Wayne Rooney should be axed by Manchester United “to relight the fire inside him”, according to Alan Shearer.

The Premier League’s record goalscorer believes Rooney will benefit from some team out of a team that is struggling to score goals.

Rooney’s form this season has been fitful and, although he has scored six goals, just two have come from his 10 Premier League matches and only one in his last seven appearances for the club.

Former England striker Shearer believes Van Gaal needs to take his captain out of the firing line.

“His spark has gone out at the moment,”  Shearer told The Sun. “He needs time out of the game to relight that fire inside him.

“I know it will be a huge issue if boss Louis van Gaal takes the bold step and does leave him out for a couple of weeks but that is what needs to be done for the player’s own good.

“It might seem odd to say this as we are just 11 games into the season. But it would benefit him, Manchester United, and probably England as well.

“Sir Alex Ferguson used to do it regularly with players, just give them a couple of weeks away from football.

“Don’t train, don’t even watch a game. Just fly away and do something else. Relax, recharge.”

Despite Rooney’s struggles, Shearer insists the 30-year-old still has much to offer.

“He is far from finished, he just needs a break,” added the Newcastle legend, who hit a record 260 Premier League goals