Wayne Rooney was thrust in front of the MUTV cameras where he was questioned by former United player David May on his recent form.
Supporters have been critical of the striker after a poor run of form and Rooney suggested that he does not listen to their opinion, instead, paying attention to his coaches and team-mates.
From The Independent:
Wayne Rooney has defended himself against claims he should be dropped from Manchester United’s starting line-up and dismissed recent criticism of him as “rubbish”.
The 30-year-old’s place in Jose Mourinho’s side has come under scrutiny this season, and a substandard display in Wednesday’s 3-1 EFL Cup win at Northampton Town did little to silence the critics.
Rooney, however, has insisted that he is not paying attention to the debate around his performances and is only concentrating on working hard for his team.
“I think I’ve had that my whole career,” he said. “A little bit more of late, I think, but that’s football.
“I listen to my coaches and my team-mates, the people around me, and I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there are saying because a lot of it is rubbish.
“I have to focus, work hard, of course, and I’ve done that throughout my career. I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team.”
Rooney has attempted to reinvent himself as a central midfielder in recent months, but his displays in the role have been largely unconvincing.
United’s club captain now believes he will predominantly play in the forward line under Mourinho, who deployed him as a striker in Wednesday’s win at Sixfields.