Jose Mourinho’s captain has been left on the bench for recent matches, but he is aware that the side has been performing well without him
Although he started in the EFL Cup, Rooney was dropped in the wake of United’s 3-1 loss at Watford last month.
The England international understood manager Jose Mourinho’s decision after his display at Vicarage Road.
“Listen, I had a bad game at Watford. I played bad, I know that and I understand that,” Rooney said, via The Independent.
“I think if he was picking the next team on the back of that, I understand not playing. The team have done well, certainly in the Leicester game since that.
“I understand I have to work hard and try and get back and try and get my chance and take it.”
Mourinho had suggested Rooney returned from the previous international break a different player, with United losing three straight matches.
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