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Manchester United team news: Jose Mourinho discusses Rooney captaincy 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Wayne Rooney will remain captain of the Red Devils, according to Goal.

The report states that despite being relegated to the bench in recent weeks, Rooney will not be stripped as captain of the club.

Rooney was dropped from Mourinho’s starting lineup for last week’s win over Leicester City. The England international also started on the bench during the 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday.

However, Mourinho has said that Rooney has no reason to worry about potentially losing the Man United captaincy

“Wayne is the captain, no matter what,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Goal.

“It doesn’t matter whether he is on or off the pitch. He is my captain and the captain of the club and the captain of the players.

“And that is difficult, to be the captain of everyone. So he has all the respect and all the support. He is a Manchester United man, he is a great professional and wants to win and of course he was happy when we scored.

“He is speaking to the players and motivates people. He does exactly in the dressing room the same as he did a couple of weeks ago when he was starting matches. He is our man. He will score goals for us and he will work hard for us, I have no doubts about it.”

United go into today’s clash with Stoke City in high spirits after recording three consecutive victories, including a 4-1 win over the reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.

Rooney has made a slow start to the season with just one goal in nine appearances for Manchester United. The 30-year-old scored 17 goals in 47 games for the Red Devils last season.

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