"It does and I think today was another game where we wanted to do that as players", Rooney told BBC Sport post-match.
Jose Mourinho believes clubs competing with Manchester United for spots in the Premier League's top four would relish being in the Red Devils' position.
However, United could add the Europa League to the Community Shield and League Cup triumphs this season by beating Ajax in the final in Stockholm on May 24.
"I am not upset because we had to make that decision", he explained.
"Even with the EFL Cup and the Europa League, we are far better than that position".
"If I have Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Timothy Fosu-Mensa - if I have them I can rotate".
"I said 'OK, I accept it, but I still want to stay here and want to train".
"All throughout my injury we spoke about the process and when I would be back, so it is good that the manager wants you because ultimately he has got that decision of whether you play or not".
He made eight changes to the team that had overcome Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-finals for the defeat at Spurs, which left United seven points below the top four in sixth place. I can not go to Man City or to Arsenal and put five kids at the same time all together. I was then training with the first team and playing with the first team. "So, if we can win a third title, that would be magnificent".
We know if we lose the final, we don't play Champions League. If you want to try to get some results and protect players, which matches to protect players?
But Smalling insists there is no discord with Mourinho, telling Sky Sports News HQ: "We speak very closely with the manager and we have got a very good relationship". The players that needed to play 90 minutes did it, that was important for them.
"I'm fine with what we had in terms of individual performances, the two goals were bad goals that we conceded, but the team was not used to each other".
Their European escapades and ventures in other competitions has meant that United have paid the price in terms of their squad fitness, with Mourinho been met with a host of injuries which has forced his hand to bring the likes of Axel Tuanzebe into the fold.