Wayne Rooney has expressed his determination to reassert himself on Jose Mourinho’s starting XI at Manchester United.
The 30-year-old was recently consigned to the bench for three games in a row following a catalogue of poor performances under Mourinho.
However, despite his recent exclusion from Man United’s starting lineup, the Englishman has managed to hold down his role as captain of the national side.
Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Rooney made it clear that he would fight for his place at Old Trafford.
“It’s my job. I love football, I love being involved with the team,” he said.
“Obviously I’m not starting at the minute at Manchester United but I have to work hard to get back into the starting eleven, which I’m doing, and when I get my chances, take them.
“Again, I am fully supportive of the team, the players, the manager at Manchester United. Of course I want to be involved but the most important thing is that we win.”
Despite the galling 1-1 draw with Stoke City, a result that resembles a black mark on United’s apparent ‘recovery’, Mourinho’s men have looked far slicker and far quicker without Rooney dragging attacking movements into the mire with his turgid style.
United made a rampaging start against Mark Hughes’ side on Sunday, furiously thrusting forward with Paul Pogba – free to roam in the absence of Rooney – at the heart of proceedings. On another day, the home side would have been 3-0 up at half time. But, hey, that’s football, I guess.
The point is, I guess, that such a storming start would not have occurred with Rooney featuring in the No.10 role. He is simply too slow, not physical enough, and sapped of confidence. One really does wonder how – or perhaps if – the 30-year-old fits into this current side.