Wayne Rooney is set to take his former position at Manchester United as Jose Mourinho takes charge of the team for the season. The Manchester United coach said Rooney’s position under Louis Van Gaal and former England coach, Roy Hodgson were he played as an attacking midfielder and secondary striker will be replaced with a striking position.
Mourinho said he still believes that Rooney still has what it takes to be a top striker, as he is still dangerous at goal. It has been suggested that Rooney could drop further back into the midfield as the years wear on but Mourinho insists that he does not see the club captain in that role.
“I think in football there are many jobs. The hardest to find is the one who puts the ball in the back of the net,” the 53-year-old told reporters at his first press conference as United boss.
“It is normal, at his age, for a player to change a bit but one thing that will never change is the appetite to put the ball in the net.
“He is maybe not a No.9 anymore but, for me, he will never be a No.6. He will never be 50 yards from goal. Yes, he has a great pass but I have a great pass under no pressure.
“He will be a No.9, a No.10, maybe a 9-and-a-half but never a No.6 or even a No.8.”
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