Wayne Rooney insists he is far from finished at the highest level and has vowed to fight his way back into the Manchester United starting XI.
The Red Devils and England skipper has been left on the bench for United’s last three matches after a poor run of form.
Rooney, who has netted just one goal in ten appearances this season, admits he can have no complaints at losing his spot.
But the 30-year-old says he still has plenty left to offer and is hungry to prove the critics wrong.
“It is part of football. It is the challenge and I am determined to get back in the team at obviously club level,” he said.
“I think people have their opinions. I have said it many times, people are entitled to their opinions.
“It is football, you cannot play all the time, even if you want to. I am at a stage now I want to play. I’ve never really been at this stage of my career.
“I am a fighter. I want to get back in the team. I will work hard to try and do that, so that is where I am at. I am sure people who know me know I will come back.”
On his relationship with Jose Mourinho, Rooney added: “We chat every day. I’ve said before, I knew the Watford game I didn’t play well.
“I didn’t deserve to play the next game, I understood that, and the team have done well, so I have to bide my time and take my chance.”