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Jose Mourinho will never see Wayne Rooney as a midfielder - Man Utd fans react

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On Tuesday morning Jose Mourinho held his long-awaited first press conference since being appointed as Manchester United manager back in May and he addressed a number of issues, from getting the FA Cup winners back into the Champions League to his youth policy.

He outlined his vision for the club’s future, took a subtle dig at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and, through a slip of the tongue, all but confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a Red Devil next season.

The Portuguese coach also expressed his desire to have “specialists” and not “multi-functional players”, which led to the question of where he sees Wayne Rooney playing next season.

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United’s captain starred in a central midfield role in the final few months of last season and he also played there for England at Euro 2016. However, the 30-year-old was a world-class centre-forward at his very best and is just five goals away from becoming the club’s all-time top scorer.

Mourinho on Rooney

Mourinho made it pretty clear that he will not be deploying Rooney in a deep midfield role next season and feels he is best positioned as a striker or just behind the striker.

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He wants his skipper to be close to the box while he still has the desire to score goals. Mourinho stated, “With me, he will be never a number six, he will be never somebody playing 50 metres away from the goal”.

The self-proclaimed “Special One” went on to say, “There are many players with a great pass, but to be there and to put the ball in the net is the most difficult thing you have to find. So for me, he will be a (number) nine, he will be a ten, he will be a nine and a half, but not a six. Not even an eight.”

Man Utd fans react

Below are a selection of the best tweets from Man Utd fans, who generally appear to be happy that Rooney will be back playing further forward next season and not in midfield:

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Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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