New Delhi: England striker and Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney, who has been criticised heavily for being constantly under the weather, has finally hinted at what might be the real reason behind him being left out from the starting XI at Old Trafford.

Manchester United Coach Jose Mourinho did not hesitate in getting the player off to the bench after their humiliating 3-1 defeat to Watford. Asked about what he thought about his removal, Rooney said he fully comprehended the decision.

“Listen, I had a bad game at Watford. I played bad, I know that and I understand that. I think if he was picking the next team on the back of that, I understand not playing. The team have done well, certainly in the Leicester game since that,” Wayne Rooney was quoted as saying by the Independent.

Rooney said that he would work harder to be back in his form and do what he does best for the team.

However, with Manchester United winning two games in his absence, it is unlikely that the player will be let out in the pitch without coach Mourinho being tentative about it.

“I’ll fight. I won’t not fight for my place, I’ll fight to try and get back in,” the 30-year-old said ruefully.