Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney believes he still has a major role to play for Manchester United this season despite being demoted to the bench in recent weeks.
Rooney has come under constant fire from Manchester United supporters this season for a number of poor performances
“I have heard a lot of people talking about transition – well, let me do it,” told reporters.
“I feel I am not being given a chance, if that is the way I want to go in my career, to expand it. I am not being given that chance to go from there to there [attack to midfield].
“It is all right talking about your career, saying you can extend it by doing this and that, but you need to be given the chance to do it.
“At the minute I’m happy playing where my managers want me to play.
“I know I can do better but if I don’t play very well there is a massive overhype and it comes from everywhere.
“I am very hard on myself. I am honest with myself.
“If I was sitting here at 25 or 26 and we were talking about playing centre midfield or a deeper midfield role I wouldn’t want to play there, of course, but now I’m at a stage where that might be better suited to me.
“I love football and, in football, you have highs and lows. I still wake up every day and love what I am doing and I cannot imagine my life without football.
“I have no problem being left out. It’s a manager’s job and I understand that, but I will keep working until I get the chance to come back.”