Jose Mourinho explains why Wayne Rooney hasn’t been playing recently

Manchester United have been without Wayne Rooney for the last couple of games, with the gaffer failing to shed any light as to why. The 31-year-old hasn’t really featured all that much this campaign, and now he won’t play against Anderlecht tomorrow either.

Jose Mourinho met the media ahead of the Europa League clash, and confirmed that his club captain has ‘bad feelings in his ankle’ and is still not yet ready to play. That also would explain why the forward hasn’t been involved in the match day squads over the last week or so.

“He has bad feelings with his ankle and he’s not ready to play. Let’s see for the weekend, let’s see for next week. We don’t have many players and need everyone to try to be available. For tomorrow, no.” Mourinho is quoted as saying by United’s official website.

If there is one positive to take out of the situation it’s the fact that Mourinho is still giving him a chance of being involved when we take on Chelsea this coming weekend. As the gaffer says, we need all the players we can get at the moment as injuries are really taking their toll.

Wayne Rooney’s case is an interesting one. He hasn’t taken to the field all that often since breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record, be it due to injury or team selection.

In my opinion, this would be the perfect time to let him leave the Theatre of Dreams because performance levels have clearly deteriorated – although that is a real shame because he’s an absolute club legend.

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