Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that captain Wayne Rooney from next season will not play in midfield for him.
30-year-old Rooney had been playing in a deeper midfield role for United and England at Euro 2016, however while speaking at his first conference as manager, Mourinho indicated that was not where he saw his future.
He said, “there are many jobs on the field. The most difficult to find is one to put the ball in the net.” Further added “It is normal that a player at his age will change a little bit.”
He also said that the only thing that will never change is his natural appetite to put the ball in the net.
“Yes, his passing is amazing but mine is also amazing without pressure. Many players have a great pass, but to put the ball in the net is the most difficult. He will be a No. 9, a No. 10, a No. 9.5, but never a No. 6 or a No. 8.”
When he was asked about his future transfers’ plans after signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly.
“I don’t know, yet. The third player [Mkhitaryan] will be official soon — I can try to make you understand the profile. We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions, to give a certain balance to the squad,” he added.