We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 09:49 | 22/7/16

Mourinho: Rooney will be important

Jose Mourinho believes Wayne Rooney will be a very important player for him and has confirmed he will carry on as Manchester United captain.

Rooney regularly featured in midfield during Louis van Gaal's final season in charge of United and took up the same position for England at Euro 2016.

The 30-year-old accepts that his future lies in the middle of the park, but Mourinho has already made it clear that he will be playing him in attack.

Mourinho does not understand why so many questions have been raised about Rooney's future and has full confidence in him to be a big player for the Portuguese.

"I am quite surprised with so many question marks around this guy," Mourinho said.

"I know that at the national team level you have this capacity of trying to make things complicated for yourself, so what happened around him in the summer was not a surprise for me.

"But in my club we are not going to have that. He is the club captain, he is the manager's captain, he is the players' captain.

"I trust him a lot. I think he's going to be a very important player for me and no problem for him.

"He knows that he has to work hard, he knows that but I think that is nothing new in his career. Everything he got I see nobody offer him, he had to fight for it.

"With me it is not going to be different. But, yes, he is my captain."

Mourinho's arrival has led to speculation that some players will be heading for the Old Trafford exit door.

One of those linked with a move is Juan Mata, who was sold to United by Chelsea when Mourinho was in charge of the Blues.

Mata himself has told fans not to believe everything and Mourinho has confirmed that the Spain international has a future at the club.

"Well again it is a strange question because I don't understand why he doesn't have a future," Mourinho said.

"First of all, I think maybe all of you misunderstood what happened in our previous club because I never told Mata to leave. I never pressed the club to sell him.

"It was his decision and only his decision and I don't like players that want to leave.

"Juan at our previous club was not so happy because he was not my first choice at that time. He wanted to play every game.

"He had a fantastic offer from a big club like Man United, he wanted to leave. My previous club had a great offer, we thought that was financially very much acceptable.

"In this moment I arrive, he's here, he works hard. He knows that I know he is a good player and he has space in the squad.

"But again until the 31st of August the market is open for every one of my players that is not happy.

"But, to be fair, I think he is. I think he is happy and I am not expecting him to ask to leave. I am expecting him to do what he is doing now, which is to fight for a place.

"In the end there will be space for everyone, we have 38 matches in the Premier League, we expect to play a lot of them in the Europa League and domestic cups so a squad of let's say 22 players there will be a space for everyone. So, yes, there is a space for Juan."

Klopp wary of Baggies

14:14 | 20/10/16

Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool players that West Brom will be a difficult hurdle to overcome.

Bilic: Carroll still not training

11:50 | 20/10/16

Andy Carroll is no closer to making his return for West Ham, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed.

Moyes to be given every opportunity

11:19 | 20/10/16

Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has vowed to work with manager David Moyes to 'give him every opportunity to succeed'.

Kenny: AZ game huge for us

22:00 | 20/10/16

Stephen Kenny admits Dundalk’s Europa League tie against AZ Alkmaar is huge for his side following their 2-1 defeat to Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Pogba 'needs time'

09:29 | Today

Jose Mourinho insists Paul Pogba "needs time" following Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Fenerbahçe in the Europa League.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.