Wayne Rooney: 'I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there say'

Rooney in action for Manchester United in the EFL Cup
Rooney in action for Manchester United in the EFL Cup

Wayne Rooney appeared on MUTV tonight and took a swipe at his many recent critics.

The England striker has been at the centre of a storm of late with many fans thinking he should be dropped after some poor form so far this season.

However, on the club's TV channel tonight, Rooney didn't appear to be too bothered by the critics.

"That’s football, I think," he said when asked about the criticism of the team after losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford. 

"We don’t win in three games and, of course, everyone is going to talk about it. We had a bad week, a bad eight days where we’ve lost three games, and it’s important now we react well to that and come through that."

As for the more personal criticism of his performance Rooney said: "Yeah, I think I’ve had that my whole career – a little bit more of late, I think, but that’s football.

"I listen to my coaches and my team-mates, the people around me, and I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there are saying because a lot of it is rubbish. 

"I have to focus, work hard, of course, and I’ve done that throughout my career. I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team. 

"I’ve done that [played in different positions] throughout my career. I feel I can play in all positions but I think the manager has made it clear either I’ll play up front or in the No.10 and that’s where he sees me playing.

"As I said before, it’s not just myself – the whole team is going in and working hard. We had a bad week but we’ve been working hard to put that right."

Rooney also offered a positive take on United's EFL Cup fourth round clash against local rivals Manchester City, as he suggested it was a positive draw so soon after Pep Guardiola's City recorded a Premier League win at Old Trafford.

"For me, I think it’s the perfect draw,” added Rooney. “With what happened in the league, it’s a chance for us to get revenge for that result.

“It’s going to be a great atmosphere. I think City will have 7,000-8,000 fans here, which will obviously make it an even better atmosphere.

“I think a cup game against City at Old Trafford is the perfect draw for us."

Jose Mourinho also hit back at critics today, claiming that some 'football Einsteins' were trying to delete his 16 years in the game and Manchester United's long history just because of a bad week.