Wayne Rooney: Manchester United Captain On Chances Of Getting Back In First Team

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, Manchester, September 24. Rooney believes he will have opportunities to break back into the first team at Manchester United. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Wayne Rooney remains confident opportunities to break back into Jose Mourinho's Manchester United team will come and insists he'll be ready when they do.

Rooney, who turns 31 next week, was dropped from the first-team at the end of September following a run of three consecutive defeats and one goal in eight games for the captain.

He has had to settle for cameo appearances from the bench, but Rooney believes his chance to prove to Mourinho that he can compete for a place will come again.

"I'm sure my chances will come, then it is up to me to take them," he said. "I have to try and do my job for the team and wait for my chance.

"I like to think I can play every game, but obviously it's the manager's decision and I respect that.

"I will be ready when I'm needed. I'm 31 next week, I've got a lot of football left. I keep on preparing 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."

Mourinho's side faces a congested fixture period with Monday's 0-0 draw against Liverpool closely followed by Thursday's Europa League tie with Fenerbahce before a trip to Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese manager will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since he was sacked by the club for a second time in December 2015.