Wayne Rooney claims Mourinho is bringing back the “old Manchester United”
Rooney enjoying life under Jose Mourinho after working with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
August 1st, 2016
It’s been a troublesome three seasons for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down, although Wayne Rooney is confident that good times are ahead for the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho is now in the Old Trafford hot seat, with the Portuguese having recruited Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the summer and Rooney is clearly excited at the prospect of linking up with the Swede.
He also reckons that United will be a force again next season after three seasons of not challenging for the Premier League title and senses a return to the old Red Devils side who were winning on a regular basis.
“I think the players feel this is more like the old Manchester United,” he told the Daily Mail. “It’s not just the new signings, we’ve got Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford from last season who made such an impact.
“We’re in a very good spot now. We think we can challenge for the Premier League and we want to put a marker down in the Community Shield with Leicester [on Sunday].
“He wants us to play with a lot of freedom, a lot of rotation in the forward positions, lots of opportunities to score goals – and I think I can do that, score the goals to help us be successful,” he said. “Getting that mentality back, from being a midfield player to being a goalscorer again is what I’ve been working on all pre-season.”
Rooney is somewhat off the radar following Ibrahimovic’s arrival although it’s clear that Mourinho wants to get the England international scoring on a regular basis again.