Jose Mourinho answers nine questions in first Manchester United presser

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So there you have it. Jose Mourinho is officially Manchester United's manager after facing the gathered press at Old Trafford for the very first time on Tuesday.

Whatever happens, whether he succeeds or fails, he will live and die by the words he said on July 5, 2016. So what did he say?

Mourinho faced nine questions during a 28-minute exchange and answered every one of them in specific detail, sometimes revealing a little too much.


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The Special One talked about why Ryan Giggs left; where Wayne Rooney will be playing next season; how many players he expects to sign; whether Sir Alex Ferguson is welcome at the training ground and whether Manchester United's academy prospects should give up.

But enough reading, it is time for you to watch. The full presser has been uploaded to YouTube and is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

Wenger blow

Mourinho kicked things off by addressing whether he feels the need to prove himself following a disastrous end to his Chelsea career. Indeed, the Special One left the Blues in a relegation battle last December after losing the respect of his dressing room.

But Mourinho was quick to dismiss that pressure, referring to the fact that he won the Premier League title in 2015. He reminded the journalists that there are some managers who haven't won a title in ten years. We'll let you guess you he was referring to.

You can watch that moment at 6:00

Four signings

He also talked about his transfer plans, referring to the fourth signing he is after. He also looked puzzled when told Manchester United had only officially confirmed two transfers when he believed it to be three.

Indeed, only Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have officially been unveiled while a deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan is imminent. It is believed the fourth player he referred to is Juventus star Paul Pogba.

You can watch that moment at 10:00

Rooney future

Mourinho also surprised many by confirming he does not see a future for captain Rooney in midfield. The 30-year-old player a deeper role for England at Euro 2016 and under Louis van Gaal towards the end of last season.

He said Rooney "would never play 50 yards from goal".

You can watch that moment on 23:00

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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