Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has revealed he is enjoying life under new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
The striker has hailed the Portuguese’s approach to coaching and the calm and detailed nature of his instructing. The 30-year-old insists that Mourinho’s demeanour is markedly different from that of Alex Ferguson’s.
‘He’s not someone who is going to come in – at the moment, he hasn’t anyway – and start throwing things,’ said Rooney following his own testimonial game on Wednesday.
‘You never know when the season starts. He’s competitive and wants to win every game, whether it is this friendly or the Community Shield on Sunday.’
The striker went on to describe Mourinho’s mentality and his insistence on the player’s giving their best.
‘He wants to win but he’s not a real big shouter. He expects a lot from his players and just from him talking, he has got that aura about him where you know exactly the message he’s getting across to you.
‘He wants to win. He wanted to win [against Everton]. He re-iterated that at half time. Playing for Manchester United, even if it’s a friendly game, you want to win.’
Rooney was satisfied with his side’s performance against Everton despite drawing the encounter 0-0.
‘It was a good performance but also minutes on the pitch. That’s only a second game for a few of the players in pre-season so it was important we got a few minutes.
“In the first half, I thought we played some good stuff and created some chances. The second half was a bit stop-start with all the changes but there are positives we can take out of the game tonight and certainly things we can work on.’