'This club will be successful under Jose Mourinho' - Wayne Rooney with a passionate defence of his manager
Wayne Rooney insisted he ‘hasn’t thrown his toys out of the pram’ after losing his place in the Manchester United side this season and insisted that he still has a passion to make an impact in the final few games of the season.
Rooney could have a big role to play in United's final few games as Jose Mourinho's side defend a 1-0 lead against Celta Vigo in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford on Thursday, even if it is as an substitute late in the game.
The United club captain was overlooked by Mourinho for the quarter-final win against Anderlecht last month, inspiring former United captain Roy Keane to suggest that his days at the club were numbered.
Yet while there is an expectation that Rooney will leave United this summer - with a move to rejoin his first club Everton widely anticipated - he is eager to add a final trophy to his collection in the form of the Europa League.
When asked whether he was frustrated by his lack of first team action this season, Rooney responded: “I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram but I do want to play to help the team.
“Football changes. You have different challenges in your career. I would like to play more but I’ve tried to help the team on and off pitch.
“Of course you want to play every game. I’ve had to try to take my chance when called upon. I try to do my best for the team.
“I’ve been at this club 13 years, of course I want to play football. The more I can play the better for me and more I can help the team.”
Rooney also offered up a glowing tribute for manager Mourinho, as he hinted the United boss will have had a successful first season at the club if he added Europa League success to the Community Shield and EFL Cup trophies he has already collected.
“This club will be successful under Jose Mourinho,” he added. “If we can win Europa League, that will be three trophies. We’re not far away from challenging again.”
“This is a massive chance for us to get to the final. The competition has been long, we deserve to be here and it is a big chance to win a trophy.”