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Roo's England woe not my problem: Jose

By Mark Ogden

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho yesterday said that Wayne Rooney being dropped by England as well as Manchester United was not his problem but that the player was positive ahead of Monday's match at Liverpool.

In a testy press conference during which he was reluctant to engage with most of the questions, Mourinho was asked if he felt it had been a difficult period for Rooney.

"That's not my problem. England's not my problem," he said. Asked about the 30-year-old's current mental state, he added: "He is good, he is prepared, he is training well and is positive."

Neither was Mourinho willing to get involved in a discussion about Jurgen Klopp, whose Liverpool side have started the season well.

"I've not much to say," he replied. Asked if he felt the Merseyside club were title challengers, he said: "You will have to ask them. They are a good team."

Mourinho supported his club's request to fans to show respect at the newly-expanded Anfield - the two clubs' supporters having mocked the Hillsborough and Munich tragedies in the past.

Mourinho said: "It's the last thing somebody should use because they were big tragedies. I will be really sad at that."

Despite a successful record at Anfield, he did not say that he enjoyed competing there more than at most grounds.

"It doesn't make a difference," he said. "I go there to play my game. The fans should go also to enjoy, to support their team and create a better atmosphere.

"I always like to play at Anfield. I have won many times there, but I have also lost so I cannot say I like to go there because I'm successful, it's not true.

"Being Man United manager means something more because we cannot compare the historical rivalry between my previous club and Liverpool and United and Liverpool. It's just a big match that can be comparable to Inter-Milan to Madrid-Barcelona maybe Porto-Benfica."

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