English Premiership

Mourinho tight-lipped over Rooney drink row

2016-11-18 17:16
Wayne Rooney (Getty Images)

Manchester - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on the drinking controversy affecting his captain Wayne Rooney when asked to comment on the matter on Friday.

Rooney, 31, apologised this week after being pictured looking the worse for wear as he mingled with guests at a wedding party at the England team hotel last weekend.

Mourinho said Rooney was fit to face Arsenal on Saturday after withdrawing from England duty with a minor knee injury, but did not want to discuss the specifics of what had happened.

"Over the last two, three days, nothing happened. He trained like everybody else, he wants to plays like everybody else," Mourinho told reporters at the United training centre west of Manchester.

"He's ready. What happened in the national team happened in the national team. I don't comment.

"My players, when they go to the national team, they belong to the national team. What happens there -- for good, for bad -- I don't interfere and I don't like to comment."

Some media reports suggested Mourinho had been unhappy with the Football Association for not supervising Rooney more closely after England's players were given a night off last Saturday.

But he said he just wanted to draw a line beneath the affair.

"Sometimes they come back stronger than when they left us because something positive happens there; good performances, good results," Mourinho said.

"Other times, injuries, sometimes big injuries. Other times frustrations because they didn't play, because the result was bad.

"In this case we know what didn't go well, but the national team is a different chapter and a chapter that is closed now until March or the end of February."

Rooney played in England's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Scotland last week, but was withdrawn from the squad due to a knee injury and missed Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Spain.

He has struggled for playing time for United of late, although he started their last two games prior to the international break.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
03 December 2016
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v Burnley, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Leicester City, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Watford, The Hawthorns 17:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City, White Hart Lane 17:00
West Ham United v Arsenal, London Stadium 19:30
04 December 2016
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 15:30
Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park 18:00
05 December 2016
Middlesbrough v Hull City, Riverside Stadium 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.