Wayne Rooney: Jose Mourinho has spoken to me about playing the No.10 role

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Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United has been the subject of much debate since Jose Mourinho took over as manager on May 27.

The 30-year-old was often fielded as a central midfielder under Louis van Gaal, much like the role Roy Hodgson handed to him at Euro 2016 for England.

Mourinho has frequently expressed his admiration for Rooney as a striker, though, raising questions over where exactly he will field United's captain next season.


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Well, it would seem a decision has finally been made.

According to Rooney, Mourinho has spoken to him about the prospect of playing in the No.10 role next term - a position he must now adapt to over the course of pre-season.

He said on United's tour of China, per the Telegraph: "The manager has said to me about playing No.10. That is something I’ve now got to work on and get myself in the right position to score goals.

"As the striker in the last couple of seasons, it has been difficult with not creating many chances. It’s a different way of playing, a different manager, different ideas now and if I can bring my game and qualities to this team, then I know I can create chances and score goals."

Rooney needs just five more goals to break Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249 for United.

“It will be a huge honour to become record scorer at this club," he added. "I have no doubt that it will happen this season.

"I am now playing for Jose who, straightaway, has no fears about players coming deep if they want to. It’s almost like a free role and I am excited to play it."

Doubt also surrounded whether Rooney will remain captain at Old Trafford, but Mourinho has confirmed that will be the case next season.

The Portuguese said: "I am quite surprised with so many question marks around this guy. He is the club captain, he is the manager’s captain, he is the players’ captain.

"I trust him a lot. I think he’s going to be a very important player for me and no problem for him."

Mourinho's words came prior to United's unprecedented 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday afternoon.

The Red Devils were poor, but Mourinho insists the result was to be expected given their opponents were better prepared.

"It was like Formula 1 against Formula 3," he said, "they are much sharper, so it was difficult to judge."

"One team started training a month ago and played four games."

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