'I offer quality, composure and know-how' - Rooney vows to stay at the highest level

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The Red Devils skipper was back among the goals at Burnley and believes he can play a key role over the final few weeks of the 2016-17 campaign

Wayne Rooney believes he has “a lot to offer” Manchester United and that limited game time will actually help to prolong his career at the top.

The Red Devils captain has lost his standing as a guaranteed starter at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho favouring other options for much of the season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford have dominated the central striking berth, while the likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata have taken on playmaking duties.

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Rooney, though, returned to the side with a goal at Burnley last time out and believes the attributes that he brings will serve Mourinho’s men well as they chase down a top four finish in the Premier League and a Europa League crown to add to Community Shield and EFL Cup successes.

Pressed on his future by Sky Sports, with speculation continuing to suggest that he will be heading for the exits in the summer, Rooney said: "My focus at the minute is helping us reach the Europa League final, and to win it, and help us get to the top four.

"I think I've got a lot to offer, and as I keep saying, I'm looking forward to these next few games, get a few under my belt, and get to where I want to be at the end of the season and see what happens there."

He added: "I feel I can contribute quality, composure, experience, and know-how, how to get over the line, whether it's to win the league or finish top four or get to the final. That's a lot of experience I can contribute to the team.

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"Of course it's good to be back. I want to be back playing, and hopefully between now and the end of the season and leave a mark on the games I play."

Rooney has been written off by many, with the 31-year-old considered to be a spent force despite being both United and England’s all-time leading goalscorer.

The man himself refuses to believe that he is approaching the end of a distinguished career, with there no intention on his part to start slipping out of the limelight.

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Asked if he can still play at the highest level for another two or three years, Rooney replied: "Yes. Even longer I think. Everyone mentions that age, I'm 31, not an old person. Of course, I've played a lot of games.

"Who knows, not playing so many games this season might benefit me."

Rooney’s next outing could come in an eagerly-anticipated derby clash with Manchester City on Thursday, with United heading to the Etihad Stadium sat just one point behind their arch-rivals in the top-flight table.

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