Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has praised both the club for finding the right successor to Sir Alex Ferguson in Jose Mourinho. Rooney, who recently became United’s all time record goalscorer with a glorious strike against Stoke City, has found himself on the substitutes bench for much of the season under Mourinho. The forward has been well below par this season following a drop in form – however, will be bolstered by breaking the goalscoring recover – which Sir Alex Ferguson believes will never be beaten.
The 31 year old has been linked with a lucrative move away from Old Trafford to the Chinese Super League – however, if Rooney’s comments around Mourinho’s impact are anything to go by – the forward will not be going anyway soon.
“I think that’s part of football. Obviously Manchester 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 he wants to work, how he is setting the team up. There’s successes around the corner.”
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United’s club captain was full of praise for his former mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson, and stated that he was the main reason for why he joined the club from Everton back in 2004. He also compared the impact former United players had on him with what the likes of Michael Carrick and Rooney can pass across to youngsters such as Marcus Rashford.
“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. 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 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.”