Football: Rooney's Place Not Sacrosanct, Says Mourinho

Football: Rooney's place not sacrosanct, says Mourinho

LONDON, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 24th Sep, 2016 ) - Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's place in the starting line-up is not a cast iron certainty, said club manager Jose Mourinho on Friday. The 31-year-old England skipper -- who on Thursday had said he didn't pay any attention to outside criticism of his form -- has failed to sparkle and was anonymous in the two Premier League defeats United suffered last week. Mourinho, who himself has been subjected to criticism after United slumped to three successive defeats last week -- his worst run since 2002 -- would not, unlike his predecessor Louis van Gaal, guarantee Rooney a starting place. "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," said Mourinho.