Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose: Rooney Is Not a Special One

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose: Rooney Is Not a Special One

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JOSE Mourinho insists there are no special privileges for Wayne Rooney and he is prepared to substitute the United captain when the situation demands it.

The 30-year-old striker was hounded on social media during Saturday's 1-0 win at Hull City for his below par performance, especially in the first half at the KCOM Stadium.

Mourinho, too, was being criticised for not sacrificing him and bringing on fresh legs.

Mourinho's first sub move saw the Reds boss send Pounds 26m summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan into the action against Mike Phelan's side for Anthony Martial after an hour.

When Marcus Rashford came on for his first senior Premier League minutes of the season after 71 minutes it was Juan Mata who made way.

Rooney was not taken off until the 90th minute for Chris Smalling. …

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