Rooney Breaks Silence After Mourinho Axing
Wayne Rooney Breaks Silence After Jose Mourinho Axing
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, who was recently axed from Jose Mourinho's starting XI, has now commented on his coach's decision to do so.
Rooney started the first five Premier league games under Mourinho, but was dropped for the Red Devils' clash against Leicester City – arguably United's best game of the campaign so far.
"Listen, I had a bad game at Watford. I played bad, I know that and I understand that," he told reporters at an England press conference.
"I think, if he (Mourinho) was picking the next team on the back of that, I understand not playing.
"The team have done well, certainly in the Leicester game since that. I understand I have to work hard and try and get back and try and get my chance and take it."
The England captain also insisted he will fight to regain his place in United's starting line-up.
"The team came back different, but I'll take a lot of that," he added.
"Of course, I've done that throughout my career, but we have to work as a team in terms of trying to win and, if I'm on the bench, so be it.
"I'll fight. I won't not fight for my place, I'll fight to try and get back in."
Rooney, who has started United's past two Premier League matches on the bench, is currently with his national team as they prepare for their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.
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