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Published: 12:17 | 12/7/16

Rooney out to impress Mourinho


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is relishing the opportunity to play under Jose Mourinho next season.

Rooney regularly featured in midfield during Louis van Gaal's final season in charge of United but Mourinho has already indicated that he plans to use the 30-year-old in a more advanced role.

Having played against Mourinho on a number of occasions, Rooney is hopeful that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss will be a success at Old Trafford and is desperate to impress the new manager.

"I'm really excited to be working with Jose this season as he's one of the best managers in the world," Rooney told Inside United magazine. "And it's an exciting time for Manchester United.

"I've always respected him both as a man and a manager, he's a nice guy and one of the most successful managers of all time.

"I like to think I'm always motivated as a player but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit more motivated when a new manager comes in. I'm sure all the lads will be happy to be working under Jose and also eager to impress.

"I've played against many Mourinho sides over the years and I can't remember any easy games, so I think that says it all. His teams are always hard to beat, tactically disciplined and, most importantly, successful.

"He'll bring all these qualities with him and I'm sure he'll have his own ideas, but one of the biggest assets will be his experience.

"He's managed a lot of successful teams throughout his career and all that experience will be vital."

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