Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that star attacker Wayne Rooney is going through a tough time of it at Old Trafford and could well be dropped for today’s Premier League clash with Leicester City.
The Red Devils started the new campaign well with three victories, but defeat in the Manchester derby has been compounded by recent losses to Feyenoord in the Europa League and Watford last weekend.
Rooney has had to harbour a significant portion of the blame for the Old Trafford outfit’s poor start to the season and the England international has not been at his best so far.
Mourinho has opted to play the gifted attacker in the number ten role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but some people are stating that this is holding world record signing Paul Pogba back.
With growing calls for Rooney to be omitted against the Foxes as United look to get back on track, Mourinho has confessed that his skipper will not get any special treatment.
“He is my captain, he is the club captain, the players’ captain and that is difficult because sometimes you are the club captain because you have lots of years in the club, sometimes you are the manager’s captain because the manager likes you very much, sometimes you are the players’ but not the manager’s one,” he told The Guardian.
“Wayne is the captain of the club, the manager and the players. He is trusted by the players, he is trusted by myself and he represents the club in a fantastic way as a player and person and what is now socially.
“Football is a different story. Football, everyone is the same and if he has to go on the bench, he goes on the bench; if he has to stay at home, he stays at home. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t trust him or you have a problem.
“Not at all. We have no problems. He is our captain, but of course, no privilege – he is like anyone else.”