Wayne Rooney in frank Manchester United admission over former Leicester City defender

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Wayne Rooney says former Leicester City defender Jonny Evans should not be playing for Manchester United. Rooney was team-mate of Evans for nine years during his time at Old Trafford where Evans returned after leaving the Foxes last year.

The 36-year-old was named on the bench for United this afternoon as they faced Manchester City in what is expected to be Erik Ten Hag's last game. With United struggling to reclaim their former glories, Rooney said Evans should no longer be involved.

"I only know two or three of them [personally]," he said. "Obviously, Jonny Evans has come back in. Jonny's a leader, but realistically, Jonny shouldn't be playing for Manchester United now, at this stage of his career.

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"For me, I struggle to see a leader. When you see some players struggling in the way they have, [leaders] will protect those players. A lot of players at Manchester United at the minute are getting exposed."

After leaving Leicester City for United last year in what was a surprise move, Evans said: "I wasn't consciously thinking I would sign [for Man Utd, after getting the first call. When you get to a certain age you start to wind down your career.

"I got the call and didn't have another option, so I just took it and tried to do my best in training and take my chance. You then just hope your body sees you through. It was never a thought that I would come in and be a starter. I was told that my role would be to provide competition and that is how I have approached it. With a few injuries, I then had the chance to start.

"They play differently here to how we did at my previous club, so I have been trying to get used to it and adapt my play. I think I slotted in well tonight and really added my experience to the side."

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