Mourinho: Rooney ‘can’t afford’ to perform badly for Man Utd

Date published: Wednesday 28th September 2016 1:43

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Jose Mourinho wants to protect Wayne Rooney after suggesting the Manchester United captain “can’t afford” to perform badly.

Rooney was dropped from United’s starting XI for the 4-1 victory over Leicester City after a terrible start to the season.

The 30-year-old was expected to return to the side for the Europa League clash with Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk, but may miss out with a fitness concern.

“I was completely convinced of playing him tomorrow” Mourinho said.

“I’m not sure if I do that because with the situation that you create to him I think he really can’t afford to have a performance that is not really good and I am here to protect him and have to analyse the best thing for him.

“If he is not totally ready for it, I will discuss that with the medical staff.”

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