Manchester United's Wayne Rooney looks forward to playing for Jose Mourinho
Last Updated: 12/07/16 1:29pm
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is thrilled at the prospect of playing under new manager Jose Mourinho next season.
Mourinho has already indicated he plans to use the 30-year-old in a more advanced role than he has been playing in for United and England in the last couple of years.
And Rooney is hopeful the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss will be successful in his role at Old Trafford.
Mourinho takes charge of his first United game when the FA Cup holders play Everton on August 3 in Rooney's testimonial match.
"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."