Wayne Rooney 'happy' at Manchester United as he insists he's never thrown his 'toys out of the pram'

The United captain has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer but has said he wants to stay put at the club

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Wayne Rooney has once again pledged his future to Manchester United, while insisting that he has never “thrown my toys out of the pram” on account of his limited game-time this season.

Jose Mourinho has overlooked the United captain for the vast majority of the season who has subsequently been reduced to an ancillary role at the club.

As a result, Rooney has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer. As revealed by the The Independent in March, Everton are expected to make a bid for their former player and it’s understood United may even be willing to waive a transfer fee.

In spite of his lack of football this season, Rooney has insisted he remains happy at the club and wants to continue to help the team move forward.

Rooney said: “I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram but I do want to play to help the team.

“Football changes. You have different challenges in your career. I would like to play more but I’ve tried to help the team on and off pitch.

“Of course you want to play every game. I’ve had to try to take my chance when called upon. I try to do my best for the team.

“I’ve been at this club 13 years, of course I want to play football. Here? Of course.

“The more I can play the better for me and more I can help team.”

Rooney has started in two of United’s last three fixtures and could again be named in Mourinho’s starting XI on Thursday night as the side bid to reach the final of the Europa League.


Rooney scored from the spot in United's 1-1 draw with Swansea (Getty Images)

United’s growing injury list has forced Mourinho to make full use of his squad, with Rooney one of the players to have benefited from such circumstances.

The 31-year-old added that his only focus at the moment is helping United see off Celta Viga in tomorrow night’s semi-final second-leg clash and secure a place in the final.

“My focus is on getting into this final,” he said.

“It’s a massive opportunity for us to win the European final.