Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told three players that they will be central to his plans for the new season.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the Special One made a secret visit to St George’s Park before England's Euro 2016 campaign to speak to the trio of Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney.
As well as telling them that they will play a focal point in his team, he also insisted that he wants the club to entertain once again.
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It's fair to say that United lost their identity under the likes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, but if Mourinho gets his way, the exciting, dynamic football that was on display during the Sir Alex Ferguson era will once again emerge in Manchester.
It's certainly not going to be easy for the Portuguese tactician to implement his philosophy - something has clearly been missing at the Theatre of Dreams in recent years - but there's every chance that he's the man to bring the good times back to the club.
In all honesty, it's not exactly surprising that Mourinho wants to keep the aforementioned three players in his ranks.
Rooney may not be the same player he once was, but his leadership and understanding of the club shouldn't be underestimated. Smalling, meanwhile, enjoyed his most prominent spell in the United side last season and has acted as one of the club's most consistent performers.
Then there's Marcus Rashford, who has gone from strength-to-strength in recent months. The 18-year-old was one of the only positives to come out of England's dire Euro 2016 campaign and there's no reason why his progress won't continue under Mourinho's regime.
Manchester United fans: are you pleased that these three players will have key roles to play? Have your say below!
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