Special One: Jose Mourinho Stands by Cptain Wayne Rooney

Jose Mourinho stood by Wayne Rooney as his captain despite leaving him on the bench for the demolition of Leicester on Saturday.

Mourinho says Rooney remains a key figure at Manchester United despite dropping his captain for the 4-1 thrashing of Leicester.

Mourinho left United and England captain Rooney on the substitutes’ bench at Old Trafford on Saturday and was rewarded with a ruthless display against the English Premier League soccer champions.

But the United manager insisted Rooney remains his leader and chose to focus on the performances of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard instead of the omission of the striker following a poor spell of form.

“My captain is my captain,” said Mourinho. “If he is on the pitch or if he is at home he is my captain.
Jose Mourinho 

“That’s not a problem but we thought against a team like Leicester with the way they defend and the profile of their defenders that the best solution for us was to play with the two fast kids and with (Juan) Mata in a position where he can interact with the young kids.

“So it ended well for us. If I don’t play Rashford you ask me why. If I don’t play Lingard you ask me why and you prefer always to ask why somebody is not playing.

“Sometimes when I read I feel I know nothing about football but there is one thing I know: the rules of the game. I can only start 11 and until somebody tells me there is a change in that I can only start with 11.”

United relieved some pressure with a classy display after they recorded three successive defeats before beating third-tier minnows Northampton in the League Cup in midweek.

But Mourinho claimed his side are still developing from last season’s struggles under his predecessor Louis van Gaal, although the current manager insisted he had no regrets about setting their targets high.

“I was the one with the aggressive approach in terms of my words,” he said. I told you that I wanted to play for the title because this is the approach that Manchester United demands.

“It was not because I thought it was going to be an easy task.

“I could have been much more defensive in my words but I decided to go in another way and I don’t regret that because this is the way we have to think. But of course there is a process.” — AFP.


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