New Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has informed Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, that he has to compete to find a place back into the Manchester United line-up.
The Manchester United loyal was benched by Mourinho in United’s 4-1 rout of defending Premier League champions Leicester City. However, Rooney came off the bench to play the last 11 minutes of the encounter to replace Marcus Rashford.
The Portuguese has revealed how Wayne Rooney will continue to be Manchester United’s captain on and off the field, after a string of poor performances by the Red Devils No.10.
“My captain is my captain, if he is on the pitch or if he is at home,” Mourinho spoke.
“Sometimes I feel like you think I know nothing about football, but I know the rules of the game and can only play 11.
“So until they change the rules, I start with 11.”
The former Chelsea boss also confessed why he excluded Wayne Rooney from the starting XI against Leicester City because the veteran skipper is not fast enough to team up well with their new striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“When our main striker is Zlatan, we need fast people around him. Against Leicester that was the best solution for us,” Mourinho added.
The Red Devils’ captain has scored only one goal for Manchester United this campaign and his form went downhill after England’s 1-0 win over Slovakia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The success against defending champions was a sign of relief for Mourinho and Co. after three consecutive losses against Manchester City and Watford in the Premier League and Feyenoord in the Europa League.
Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford prove to be too much for Claudio Ranieri’s men as they failed to put up a fight despite the consolation goal by Demarai Gray.
Mourinho’s men will now face Zorya in the Europa League, after which they take on Stoke City in the Premier League next weekend.