Wayne Rooney hails Jose Mourinho's managerial experience

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Wayne Rooney hasn't had the best of luck with managers recently. In fact, the last two he has played under - Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and Roy Hodgson for England - have both lost their jobs in recent months.

Having been appointed as Van Gaal's successor at Old Trafford back in May, it is Jose Mourinho who will now take on the responsibility of trying to lead the 30-year-old and his United teammates to success moving forward.

Speaking on his new boss, Rooney has today backed the Portuguese to do exactly that, highlighting the key characteristics Mourinho brings with him to Manchester:


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"I'm really excited to be working with Jose this season as he's one of the best managers in the world," Rooney said, via The Sun. "And it's an exciting time for Manchester United.

"I've always respected him both as a man and a manager, he's a nice guy and one of the most successful managers of all time.

"...I've played against many Mourinho sides over the years and I can't remember any easy games, so I think that says it all."

Mourinho has made a career out of building teams that are hard to break down and extremely disciplined.

Rooney and Manchester United know all too well how potent a combination that can be having seen Mourinho-led Chelsea teams beat them to the Premier League title in 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2014–15, respectively.

"His teams are always hard to beat, tactically disciplined and, most importantly, successful," the England star continued.

"He'll bring all these qualities with him and I'm sure he'll have his own ideas, but one of the biggest assets will be his experience.

"He's managed a lot of successful teams throughout his career and all that experience will be vital."

Rooney's role

Rooney, who also admitted that there is a little extra motivation when preparing to play under a new manager like Mourinho, will also be waiting to see just how his new boss plans to utilise his skills in the season ahead.

The United number 10 had been deployed in midfield during Van Gaal's final few months in charge at Old Trafford, and filled a similar role for England during Euro 2016.

Mourinho, though, has already made clear that he doesn't see England's all-time top goalscorer continuing in that vein when the 2015-16 campaign kicks off.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having arrived and Marcus Rashford having boosted his reputation with his fleeting appearances for the national team over the summer, it will be interesting to see where Rooney fits in the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager's plans.

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