Mourinho defends Rooney, says he’s fit to face Arsenal

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It’s been an interesting week for Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney, to say the least.

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From suffering a minor knee injury in the Three Lions’ victory Scotland on Friday, to the now-infamous drunken wedding photos of Sunday night, to the following Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford which pits Man United against Arsenal (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) in one of the 2016-17 Premier League season’s premier battles, it’s been a eight-day period which has pretty well encapsulated the majority of Rooney’s career, on and off the field.

Despite the injury, Jose Mourinho has said Rooney is fit to face the Gunners on Saturday. As for the other stuff, Mourinho wasn’t take the bait. As far as he’s concerned, what happens on international duty, stays on international duty — quotes from the Guardian:

“Over the last two or three days, nothing happened. He trained like everybody else, he wants to play like everybody else. He is 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.

“Sometimes they come back stronger than when they left us, because something good happened there, something positive for them, good performances, good results.

“Other times injuries, sometimes big injures, other times frustrations because they didn’t play, because the result was bad.

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