Wayne Rooney Inspired by Jose Mourinho and Want to Impress Him

Wayne Rooney is excited to be working with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United next season after outlining the qualities the new manager will bring to the role.

The Reds skipper has been speaking to Inside United ahead of his testimonial match against former club Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday 3 August – Mourinho’s first home game as United boss – which will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Mourinho has already indicated he plans to use the England captain in an attacking role after the 30-year-old recently performed in a deeper midfield position for club and country.

“I’m really excited to be working with Jose this season as he’s one of the best managers in the world,” Rooney told the official magazine. “And it’s an exciting time for Manchester United.

“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.”

The full interview with Wayne appears in the August issue of Inside United, on general sale from today (Tuesday).