Wayne Rooney says he can’t wait to get started under new manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
‘I’m really excited to be working with Jose this season as he’s one of the best managers in the world,’ the Reds Devils skipper told Inside United ahead of his testimonial match against former club Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday 3 August.
The game will also act as Mourinho’s first home game as United manager and Rooney is looking forward to working under the guidance of the Portuguese mentor.
‘I’ve always respected him both as a man and a manager, he’s a nice guy and one of the most successful managers of all time. I like to think I’m always motivated as a player but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit more motivated when a new manager comes in. I’m sure all the lads will be happy to be working under Jose and also eager to impress.
‘I’ve played against many Mourinho sides over the years and I can’t remember any easy games, so I think that says it all. His teams are always hard to beat, tactically disciplined and, most importantly, successful.
‘He’ll bring all these qualities with him and I’m sure he’ll have his own ideas, but one of the biggest assets will be his experience. He’s managed a lot of successful teams throughout his career and all that experience will be vital.’
Mourinho plans to use the England international forward in an attacking role after the 30-year-old ended last season as a holding midfielder under Louis van Gaal.