Jose Mourinho is excited to manage Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, and believes “the best is yet to come” from the Englishman.
Mourinho has been a supporter of Rooney’s throughout his career, and pursued the striker’s signature while he was manager of Chelsea in 2013.
The Portuguese finally has the chance to coach the 30-year-old after being appointed United manager earlier this summer, and he has been impressed with the forward in pre-season.
Rooney featured in his testimonial match on Wednesday evening, and while the striker himself is eagerly awaiting discovering the potential of United’s attack, Mourinho is simply excited to manage him.
“This one is for Wayne Rooney and for the fans in that perspective to show love for a player who has been magnificent for our club,” he told MUTV. “But I’m not a friendly match man. I’m waiting for the big ones!
“You know, I follow from the outside but close because the season he joined Manchester United is the season I came to England for the first time, 2004. I’ve been here already for two different periods and I was close to it. I can say, because everybody knows, I tried to buy him.
“He is a player I always wanted to have in my side. Finally, I have him and I have him in the club he loves, the club where he has spent the best years of his career. And, I think, the best is yet to come from him.
“I find him full of motivation, full of joy to work every day, and happy to be here as a leader for the young people. He’s my man too. I can say, at this moment, he is my man. I am really happy. I hope he has a great night and he forgives me when I change him. I am going to change him because we have a match on Sunday!”