Rooney: Man Utd finally have the ‘right one’ in Mourinho

Date published: Sunday 29th January 2017 1:51

Wayne Rooney believes Jose Mourinho is the man to bring success back to Manchester United, while the skipper also fancies Marcus Rashford to get close to his goalscoring record.

Mourinho has made his mark at Old Trafford since taking over in the summer following the unsuccessful reigns of Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.

United currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League but they reached the EFL Cup final where they will face Southampton, while Thursday’s second-leg defeat at Hull was the team’s first defeat in 17 matches.

Rooney, who netted his 250th United goal at Stoke last week to claim the club’s overall goalscoring record, believes it was inevitable that the Red Devils would struggle to replace Sir Alex Ferguson but the forward says they now have the right man at the helm.

“I think that’s part of football,” said Rooney.

“Obviously Manchester United have had the stability of Sir Alex over the 26 years before, and I think over the last three or four years what they’ve been doing is trying to find the right one. And I believe they’ve found him.

“Just working every day and seeing how [Mourinho] wants to work, how he is setting the team up. There are successes around the corner.”

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“I joined this club, I said at the time, to play Champions League football and obviously Sir Alex was the reason I joined the club,” Rooney added.

“I wanted to obviously win trophies and I’ve done that since I’ve been here.

“When I first joined the club, I think Gary Neville and Scholesy [Paul Scholes] were on like four Premier League titles and I remember sitting there thinking ‘they’ve won four Premier Leagues, that’s crazy’.

“Then, obviously, now I’ve won five. I’m sure the likes of Rashford coming into the dressing room, they’re probably looking at the likes of me and Michael Carrick thinking ‘they’ve won five Premier League titles’. That’s the aim, that’s what you want to get to.

“He’ll have his time and I’m sure if he keeps doing the right things, going the way he is, then he’ll be a great player for this club and hopefully in 10 or whatever years more time he’ll be close to the record.”

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