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Rooney backing his own fitness

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he’s determined to show manager Jose Mourinho that he can play in every game.

Rooney is coming up on his 31st birthday, but he believes he still has plenty left in the tank. He’s been put on the bench by Mourinho for the past four games, but is determined to win his starting place back.

“I think it’s football,” Rooney said. “Obviously I’ve started through all my career, so it is a new period for me and of course I want to play.

“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.

“I’d like to think I can play every game, but obviously it’s the manager’s decision and I respect the decision. I’ll be ready when needed.

“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.”

Rooney also spoke about Paul Pogba, who has been criticised for not making an instant impact at the club after his record-breaking move back to Old Trafford from Juventus over the summer.

“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.”

United takes on Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday at Old Trafford.  

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