Wayne Rooney was one of the few Manchester United players that often publicly backed former manager Louis van Gaal last season.
Of course as captain, it was his duty to ensure the players weren’t distracted by any speculation surrounding the future of their boss and his comments may well have been for the good of the club rather than his actual thoughts.
Despite FA Cup glory, Van Gaal was, as expected, dismissed at the end of the campaign and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
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While the majority of United fans are delighted the see the arrival of the Portuguese at Old Trafford, some can’t forget his history with rivals Chelsea.
But what does Rooney think of the appointment?
'It's exciting,” he told reporters, per the Daily Mail.
“He's one of the best managers in the world and knows the Premier League very well.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Mourinho may have won the league for Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again but winning the Premier League for United would be the greatest achievement in his managerial career.
Van Gaal could only lead the side to a fifth-placed finish last term, 15 points behind champions Leicester.
While there are plenty of signings expected at the Theatre of Dreams in the coming months, many people have called for Mourinho to look towards the talented youth prospects that are coming through the ranks.
Van Gaal gave regular opportunities to the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Jesse Lingard during the campaign.
But the story of United’s season was undoubtedly Marcus Rashford. The 18-year-old only made his senior debut in February and, after scoring eight times in 18 appearances for the Red Devils, forced his way into England’s Euro 2016 squad.
He managed to score after just 135 seconds on his England debut against Australia last week and Rooney believes he is fully deserving of a place in the 23-man squad.
“He's certainly showed what he can do in his first game for England, getting his first goal in the first couple of minutes,” said Rooney.
“I think what's pleasing about him is his attitude. It's first class and that's shown around the hotel and on the training pitch and he deserves it.”
It remains to be seen whether Rashford plays any part for England this summer with Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge all vying for an attacking position.
Even if he doesn’t play in the European Championships, Rashford can expect to be in Mourinho’s plans at United next season. He recently signed a new deal which keeps him at the club until June 2020 with an option to extend a further year.
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