Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has no plans to use Wayne Rooney as a central midfielder under his management.
The new Manchester United manager, who was unveiled on Tuesday morning, made it clear that the 30-year-old will not be used in the position he was deployed on occasions by Louis van Gaal last season.
Rooney also impressed in midfield for England during the European Champions - prior to the Three Lions’ exit to Iceland - but Mourinho told reporters the Red Devils' captain will either by used as a centre-forward or as an advanced playmaker next season.
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"He will never play 50 metres away from the goal,” Mourinho was quoted as saying in his first United press conference by CNN’s John Sinnott. “He will be a 9, 10, 9.5, not a 6 or an 8."
On Rooney impressing in a midfield position during England’s Euro 2016 group-stage matches, Mourinho was quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News reporter Simon Bajkowski: "You can tell me his pass is amazing but my pass is amazing too without pressure."
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Mourinho, it seems, is less convinced than Van Gaal and Roy Hodgson that Rooney is capable of playing as a central midfielder.
The Rooney in midfield experiment, therefore, appears to be over.
Mourinho era to begin
But what will Mourinho's first couple of months look like at Old Trafford? Well, the players that didn't take part in a major tournament this summer are set to return for pre-season training on Wednesday.
That will include the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Phil Jones, who will all be desperate to impress the Special One.
Mourinho's first game in charge of the Red Devils will come in just 17 days time against German outfit Borussia Dortmund in China. It's fair to say that his second game at the helm - a showdown with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City - will take centre stage on July 25, while his side will come up against Turkish outfit Galatasaray on July 30.
United will take on Everton at Old Trafford on August 3 for Wayne Rooney's testimonial, before battling Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 7.
Mourinho's first Premier League game for United will come at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth on August 13.
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