Man City star opens up about Man United captain Wayne Rooney

John Stones reveals his surprise at the criticism aimed at Wayne Rooney in recent weeks

John Stones has admitted his surprise at the criticism aimed at Wayne Rooney in recent weeks.

The Manchester United captain has endured a tough few weeks and has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Red Devils’ first team this season under Jose Mourinho.

The forward has been forced to start from the substitutes’ bench by Mourinho for United in recent games, and Rooney was booed by certain sections of the crowd during England’s 2-0 win over Malta in World Cup qualifying on Saturday night.

However, Manchester City rival Stones says that Rooney has always conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and was shocked to hear the jeers at Wembley.

Stones is quoted as saying by The Daily Express: “He wears his heart on his sleeve and gives 110 per cent and you can see that in every performance.

“I am a bit shocked that it [booing] happened. I thought Wayne was brilliant – he has been every time he has played for England.

“In my opinion he is always up there and on form. The top players are always going to get the stick that gets piled on them because of the standards he sets.

“He has never dropped that in training once or in the games and I think that’s why he has been a top player for so long.”

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Rooney will be hoping to feature from the start for Manchester United when the Red Devils travel to Anfield to take on bitter local rivals Liverpool on Monday 17 October in the Premier League.

The Red Devils were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Stoke City in their most recent game.

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