Wayne Rooney Thinks Mourinho Has Been Fanstastic
Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney thinks Coach Jose Mourinho has been “fantastic” so far.
The England striker admits that Mourinho has been great at getting his message across as Manchester United prepare for the new season.
Rooney, for whom a testimonial match against Everton will be held in his honour next week, also believes new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly have improved the squad, with Paul Pogba expected to follow shortly.
Rooney only just returned to training on Thursday after his post-Euro 2016 break.
Speaking to SkySports in an interview, Wayne Rooney said:
“Training’s been really good and preparation has been going well.
“You can see why he’s been successful with the way he works and how he gets his message across.
“We just want to get to the games now. We’ve got one in Sweden (against Galatasaray) that I’m forward to.
“As always, as a footballer, it’s exciting to play under a new manager and you’re always getting those butterflies to get the new season started.
Rooney trained for the first time with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday.
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Speaking about the club’s new signings, the England striker quipped:
“The squad looks good too. The signings we’ve brought in are really good and they’ll help us to try and win the Premier League.
“They’ve got quality and experience, which is needed, so it’s an exciting time to be a United fan.
“When you have a tournament in the summer, the preparation is a bit disrupted for the managers, in a way.
“Some players come back early, some a few weeks later.
Rooney’s testimonial will not only honour his 12 years of service and 519 appearances but also raise funds for four charities through the Wayne Rooney Foundation.
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Speaking from Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, where he has been visiting children, he said:
“Winning trophies are the biggest highlights as a player. My 12 years at United has gone quick and I’ve enjoyed it.
“The testimonial is an extra game for the manager to pick which players he wants and a few might benefit from the game, and I’m sure it’s the same for Everton. I’m really looking forward to it.”
The England striker will be donating the occasion’s proceeds to Alder Hey, the NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice and the Manchester United Foundation via the Wayne Rooney Foundation.