Jose Mourinho: 'Wayne Rooney affected by England criticism'

England were unconvincing as they scraped a late 1-0 victory in Sam Allardyce's first match in charge, with captain Rooney among the players to get the bulk of the blame.

Questions over his role and capabilities have continued since returning to United, with Mourinho noticing a marked change.

"I think they are a very easy team to analyse, [a] very easy team to understand". So that's no Wayne Rooney and to be honest, he did not play against Feyenoord so he was only directly involved in two of these three matches. When he is on the pitch, he gives 100%.

Phil Neville has urged Jose Mourinho to hand Marcus Rashford a starting place for Manchester United's clash against Leicester City on Saturday. "Everyone analyses in a different way". Some [players] read every word, some don't read. It depends. Some are affected by it, some are not.

"I am (not) upset with anything", Mourinho said. People forget that and people react in different ways.

Mourinho also renewed his attack on what he sees as his pseudo-intellectual accusers, while suggesting they are lesser minds, profiting from his struggles.

"The only thing that upsets me is the criticism to my players, my players are my players, I should protect them".

"The critique is part of the evolution", he added.

"For me, I think it's the flawless draw", Rooney added. "With what happened in the league, it's a chance for us to get revenge for that result".

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"Leicester are very good, they are a very easy team to analyse and understand, their attacking organisation is hard to cope with".

Bet365 make United 4/6 favourites to win this one with Leicester 4/1 outsiders.

We like to say a very good start to the season was better than we could expect, we were guilty to raise expectations of people.

Mourinho, who recently lashed out at football's "Einsteins" who have criticized United during their recent dip, said he was frustrated that he could not protect his players from media scrutiny.

"No, not at all", he said.

Players on the receiving end from Mourinho in the past few weeks have included Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw, who had just sustained a calf injury when he made an error, but the manager said that they had to take public negativity from him.

"Sometimes you are the manager's captain because the manager likes you very, very much, sometimes you are the players' but not the manager's one".

He admitted that he form of his captain Wayne Rooney - who has described criticism of himself as "rubbish" - had been patchy.

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