Wayne Rooney believes he can still improve as a footballer and that his best years are yet to come.
Speaking toÂ The Sunday TimesÂ Â to mark 10 years at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old said he â€œreads the gameâ€ better than ever.
In an interview before Saturdayâ€™sÂ sending off against West Ham,Â the Manchester United and England captain said he was â€œa lot more matureâ€.
â€œI now know exactly what I want to do on the pitch,â€ Rooney said.
|Wayne Rooneyâ€™s red cards|
|27 Sep 2014 â€“ Man Utd v West Ham (W2-1, Premier League)||1 July 2006 â€“ England v Portugal (D0-0, L1-3 pens, World Cup)|
|7 Oct 2011 â€“ England in Montenegro (D2-2, Euro 2012 qualifier)||14 Sep 2005 â€“ Manchester United at Villarreal (0-0, Champions League)|
|21 Mar 2009 â€“ Manchester United at Fulham (L0-2, Premier League)||26 Dec 2002 â€“ Everton at Birmingham (D1-1, Premier League)|
Rooneyâ€™s dismissal in the 59th minute for a high foul on West Hamâ€™s Stewart Downing was theÂ sixth of his career,Â but the strikerâ€™s first for United since March 2009.
He had earlier put United on the way to a 2-1 victory with his 219th goal for the club.
Rooney added: â€œI still believe I can get better as a footballer. In the next three to five years you will see me as a different player. The next two or three I feel could be the best of my career.
â€œIâ€™m at a stage, especially after playing at this club for 10 years, where Iâ€™ve picked up a lot about the game â€“ Iâ€™ve learnt.
â€œWhen I was younger I wasted far too much energy charging around in the last 15 minutes. Iâ€™d be tired, your legs arenâ€™t fresh and you might miss a chance.
â€œIâ€™m a better footballer now than I was then. When I was younger I was raw, there were moments when I did spectacular stuff, but now overall my play is better.â€
AfterÂ coming close to leaving Old TraffordÂ twice in his decade at the club, Rooney added: â€œItâ€™s more than likely Iâ€™ll be here for the rest of my career.â€
Source: BBC Sport