Wayne Rooney has insisted that he has plenty more football left in him, despite getting ready to celebrate his 31st birthday on Monday.
The former Everton man has seen his status as a starter for both United and England removed, but he is not ready to accept a reduced role yet.
Asked if he is now a 25-match a season club man, he stated: “Not in my mind, maybe in other people’s minds but not mine. I’m 31 next week, I’ve got a lot of football left.
“I want to play. I have to try and do my job for the team and wait for my chance and take it when I get it.
“I like to think I can play every game, but obviously it’s the manger’s decision and I respect that. I will be ready when I’m needed.
“You have to have a positive attitude and that’s what I have. I prepare exactly the same as if I’m starting the game. I’ll make sure I’m ready and have no excuse when I’m needed.”
Rooney was demoted to the Red Devils’ bench after his EFL Cup appearance at Northampton Town, but he insists he is ready to fight for a place, and believes United can achieve big things this season.
“I’ve started through all my career, this is a new challenge, it is a new period, of course I want to play – I just have to keep working and get into the team and I’m sure my chances will come I know that and then it is up to me to take them.
“I think we’ll be challenging this season – we’ve still got that belief and it is even stronger after working with this manager, and the players over the last few months,” he added.
“We’ve got a fantastic squad, that is ready and capable of challenging.”