Captain for club and country, Rooney has not started for United since their
EFL Cup win over Northampton last month and was dropped for England's recent
World Cup Qualifier in Slovenia.
The former teenage prodigy is already in his 15th season of Premier League
and international football despite not yet turning 31.
But after another bit-part role at Liverpool on Monday, Rooney has made it
clear he does not intend staying on the bench forever.
mercurial "I think it's football," he said. "Obviously I've started
through all my career, so it is a new period for me and of course I want to
"I just have to keep working and trying to get in the team and my chances
will come, I know that, and it is up to me to take them.
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purecontrol "I'd like to think I can play every game, but obviously
it's the manger's decision and I respect the decision. I'll be ready when
vapor "Not in my mind [do I think I've reached the point when I
accept only getting 25 games a season]. Maybe in other people's minds but not
mine. I'm 31 next week. I've got a lot of football left."
obra Rooney has been switched between forward and midfield roles in
recent seasons, and the summer arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba
partly explain his shortage of United starts.
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cleats Pogba cost a world-record fee but has been criticised for
some of his performances, and Mourinho admitted he expected "more penetration"
from the France star at Anfield.
But Rooney said: "Paul is a fantastic player. I think he's working hard and
he's doing well. As always, it takes time to settle. I think he is a fantastic
player and he will shine for us this season, there is no doubt."