Wayne Rooney will return to Manchester United side for Chelsea, Liverpool and City games, claims Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes is confident Jose Mourinho will recall Wayne Rooney to the starting line-up  for the ‘big games’ against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Rooney has been in poor form recently and was dropped to the bench for last weekend’s 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester City and was also named among the substitutes for Thursday’s Europa League win over Zorya Luhansk.

However, the United captain, who also found out he was keeping the armband for England under Gareth Southgate, has come off the bench in both of those games and set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winner against Zorya.

Scholes in unsure whether leaving Rooney out of the last two games has at all changed the result of either game and believes the 30-year-old will fight his way back into the team very soon.

“He’s been an unbelievable player for this club,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“There’s no saying that if Wayne had played on Saturday it wouldn’t have been 4-1. I just think he’s not in the greatest of form at the minute.

“The timing is right for him not to be in the team. We know Wayne. We work with him, day in, day out. He’s a fighter. He won’t sit back and just let this happen.

“He’ll be fighting to get back in this team.

“When those big games come round – Liverpool, Chelsea, City – I think we’ll see Wayne back to his best.”

Asked if he thought Mourinho would start him in those games, Scholes said: “I’m certain we will.”

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