On Wednesday, Wayne Rooney admitted he was under pressure to convince his new manager Jose Mourinho that he was still good enough to play for Manchester United.
The 30-year-old may be the captain of the club and closing in the all-time scoring record but the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and possibly Paul Pogba will put his place as a striker, a No.10 and a midfielder at significant risk.
He told reporters: "I think you always feel pressure when you play for Manchester United. It's one of the biggest – if not the biggest - clubs in the world and it's been a pleasure and a privilege to play for them for so long.
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“I've only had one day [training with Mourinho] since we came out, but it was a very good day, the training session."
Well, Wayne, if your first training session was 'very good' we are going to assume that your second was quite the opposite, at least if one grainy 26-second video clip is anything to go by. Which it is.
The Mirror journalist David McDonnell is lucky enough to be travelling around with the Manchester United squad on their pre-season tour of China and was able to take some footage of a routine 'piggy in the middle' session which included Rooney.
In that clip, it shows the England skipper getting nutmegged twice in the space of several seconds. The first time, everyone had a good laugh about it. The second time, they started celebrating like they'd won the FA Cup.
Take a look at the video below
Away from the fun and games, Rooney finds himself in the very country believed to be interested in recruiting him to be the face of their national league. A state-backed spending spree has seen the likes of Hulk, Ramires and Jackson Martinez move to Chinese Super League but acquiring Rooney would be on another level altogether.
Mourinho further added doubt to his future in his opening press conference after flatly rejecting the idea of Rooney converting into a midfielder, where he played for England in Euro 2016.
After admitting he could never play for another Premier League club, Rooney would find his options few and far between if he fails to make the grade under the Special One. But the man himself appears to be in no doubt over his future. He recently stated that working with Mourinho has left him more eager than ever to impress.
“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,” Rooney told Inside United. “I’m really excited to be working with Jose this season as he’s one of the best managers in the world. And it’s an exciting time for Manchester United."
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