Jose Mourinho defends Wayne Rooney’s form: Stops short of guaranteeing starting spot

“The Einsteins need money to live, they can’t coach, they can’t sit on the bench, they can’t win matches.

“They can speak, they can write, they can criticise the work of other people, but I am a good man. I am good man of goodwill. I do lots of charity, I help so many people, so why not also feed the Einsteins? That’s fine.”

Rooney’s form has been under intense scrutiny but Mourinho defended him by saying his performances are influenced by the collective displays of the team.

He added: “Wayne Rooney’s form is like Manchester United’s form. We are a team. We are not Wayne Rooney, we are a team. We all started well. We all won all matches. We all lost three matches in a week. That’s not [down to] Wayne Rooney. 

“To be honest, he didn’t play against Feyenoord so he was [only] directly involved in two of these three matches. 

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