Jose Mourinho's press conference cast further doubt on duo's future

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Jose Mourinho's first conference as Manchester United manager was filled with brilliant talking points.

His possible subtle criticisms of previous manager Louis van Gaal when talking about philosophies, to his not so subtle dig at Arsene Wenger's lack of titles in recent years, everyone seems to have found something to talk about in the Portuguese's words.

Interestingly, when talking about his plans for Wayne Rooney, instead of confirming what everyone thought, that the player's future lies in midfield, Mourinho argued that as a proven goalscorer, to play Rooney in a deep position would be a waste of his talent.


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It was a thought provoking point, as the manager continued by hinting that anyone could play the brilliant passes we've seen from Rooney recently, given the time and space of a deep position.

It gave fans food for thought, with most people seemingly adamant that Rooney's future would be in the heart of United's midfield.

This shows that in Mourinho's plans, using a 4-2-3-1 formation, Rooney will fit into the role behind the striker so that his threat in front of goal is fully exploited. It looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be leading the line, Anthony Martial will once again terrorise defenders from out wide, and new signing, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will find his place on the other flank.

Where Do Rashford and Mata Fit In?

Despite an exciting attacking prospect, a lack of clarity for Marcus Rashford will be worrying for fans, as the young striker burst onto the scene last season with emphatic performances.

With Ibrahimovic likely to lead the line, and Rooney to be sitting behind him, that leaves Rashford on the sidelines, meaning his game time in the first team could be limited.

Although the Swedish international is likely to need resting throughout the campaign, Rashford might be feeling annoyed at a limited role within the first team.

Another player who should be worried is Juan Mata. After being sold from Chelsea to United by Mourinho, Mata will have already been concerned about his future at the club. With his Portuguese boss all-but confirming his positions will be taken, it doesn't seem like the Spaniard will be in United's starting lineup soon.

Fans will be disappointed that Mata could be leaving the club, as he won over many hearts in his time at Old Trafford with his honest approach, both on and off the pitch.

Rooney vacating the holding-midfield position also begs the question of who Mourinho will trust to boss the centre of the park. It's unlikely that Mourinho will bring in two midfielders, with the manager stating the club had four targets, three of which have been acquired, but with the club recently linked with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, at least one of those positions is likely to be filled with a new recruit.

It will be interesting to see who the manager selects to fill that second midfield role, with Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Daley Blind all vying for the position.

With so many players competing for the same place, it is unlikely that they will all stay at the club, so expect more transfers from Manchester United.

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