Mour­inho prom­ises Rooney will get ‘re­spect he de­serves’

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Wayne Rooney will get the “re­spect he de­serves” when the 30year-old for­ward re­turns to Manch­ester United, man­ager Jose Mour­inho has in­sisted. The dropped Eng­land cap­tain re­turned to Old Traf­ford ear­lier in the week fol­low­ing an in­ter­na­tional break when he was booed by home fans dur­ing a 2-0 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win over Malta at Wem­b­ley. Days later Rooney, Eng­land’s all-time record scorer, was left out of the sub­se­quent goal­less draw away to Slove­nia by in­terim na­tional man­ager Gareth South­gate. Rooney could well be left on the bench again by Por­tuguese boss Mour­inho when United face bit­ter ri­vals Liver­pool at An­field on Mon­day. And while Rooney could well re­ceive a rough re­cep­tion in Liver­pool, Mour­inho has as­sured the striker, who launched his ca­reer with Liver­pool’s city ri­vals Ever­ton, of a warm wel­come back at Old Traf­ford. “He was not booed by Man United fans,” Mour­inho said. “To be hon­est, the last match when he went to the warm-up I was feel­ing Old Traf­ford was be­hind him and im­me­di­ately sup­port­ing him dur­ing the warm-up be­fore he came on against Stoke. “I think at Man United he feels at home, at Man United he feels the re­spect he de­serves.

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