London: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney knows he has to be at the top of his game or risk the wrath of manager Sir Alex Ferguson and admits being dropped last year was a wake up call.
The England forward admits that he put on seven pounds during one off-season but explained the hard work he puts in during training makes the excess weight easy to shift.
“As a striker I need to work hard all the time. I need to be sharp, which means my fitness has to be right to play well. If it isn’t, it shows,” he told the Mirror, who are serialising his latest autobiography.
“It would probably be different if I were a full-back. I could hide a bit, make fewer runs into the opposition half and get away with it.
“As a centre-forward for Manchester United, there’s no place to hide. I’ve got to work as hard as I can, otherwise the manager will haul me off the pitch or drop me for the next game.”