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Published: 10:06 | 19/10/16

Rooney has a lot of football left


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is ready to play whenever he is needed and insists he has got 'a lot of football left'.

Rooney started the last four United games on the bench, while he was dropped from the England starting line-up for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

He had to make do with a place on the bench for United's trip to Anfield on Monday but was unable to find a way through the Liverpool defence after he was introduced in the 77th minute of the goalless draw.

It has been a frustrating few weeks for the 30-year-old, but he is up for the challenge and is determined to prove to Jose Mourinho that he deserves his chance.

"I like to think I can play every game, but obviously it's the manager’s decision and I respect that. I will be ready when I’m needed. I’m 31 next week and I’ve got a lot of football left," he said.

When asked if this was his biggest challenge in football, Rooney added: "No, I think it's football – I’ve started through all my career and this is a new challenge, it's a new period. Of course I want to play. I just have to keep working to get into the team and I’m sure my chances will come. Then it is up to me to take them."

United are currently seventh in the Premier League table, five points behind Manchester City, and Rooney is confident they can challenge for the title.

"I think we'll be challenging this season - we’ve still got that belief and it is even stronger after working with this manager and the players over the last few months. I think we’ve got a fantastic squad, that is ready and capable of challenging," he added.

"I’m sure over the next few weeks or couple of months we will have our way of playing, and it will be the manager's way of playing. It was a good point at Liverpool, but really we were a bit disappointed we didn't take the couple of chances that came our way."

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