Chris Smalling reveals how Man United team-mate Wayne Rooney reacted to being dropped

It remains to be seen if Rooney is recalled for United’s Europa League clash with Ukrainian minnows Zorya Luhansk on Thursday.

But Smalling, who took over as captain in Rooney’s absence, insists his team-mate remains the talisman for club and country and will come back stronger.

Smalling said: “Regardless of the situation, whether he is on the bench or playing, he is always that same type of character and that’s why he is England’s main man and our main man.

“He’s a very experienced guy and he’s played that many games it will only be a matter of time before he’s back in there and firing again – because he’s quality.”

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