Wayne Rooney reveals that Jose Mourinho wants him to play as a No. 10 for Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has been told by Mourinho that he will be playing in the No. 10 role in the coming season. The England and Manchester United captain started to play in that position last season when Van Gaal tweaked his system and excelled in it.
With the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, there was a lot of questions of where Rooney would play but the striker himself has cleared up any doubts. The Manchester Evening news spoke to the striker about his new role.
“As he said to the press, he said to me about playing No.10. That is something I’ve now got to work on and get myself in the right position to score goals. I have scored goals all through my career and I have no doubt in my goalscoring ability. Hopefully I can do that this season.”
Rooney did not have the best of campaigns last season. He played as the main striker for a while with little success and was then forced to watch from the sidelines halfway through the season with an injury.
When he came back Louis Van Gaal used him as the team’s playmaker where he had considerable success. Rooney has rejoined his team in China for pre-season training as Mourinho puts them through their paces ahead of the Manchester Derby on the 25th.
I am excited about the new season: Rooney
Rooney spoke a little more about the free role he ahs been given and how he will adapt to it. I’m a footballer so I like to be involved in the game, and I am now playing for Jose who, straight away, has no fears about players coming deep if they want to.
“It’s almost like a free role and I am excited to play it As the striker in the last couple of seasons, it has been difficult with not creating many chances. It’s a different way of playing, a different manager, different ideas and if I can bring my game and qualities to this team, then I know I can create chances and score goals, there is no doubt about that.”
“I’ve been working under the manager for the last few days and the sessions have been very good.”
Rooney might feature in tomorrow’s game against City but only if he able to regain full fitness. The Englishman was on vacation after his excursion at Euro 2016