Jose Mourinho sat in front of Man Utd's dugout for Wayne Rooney's testimonial - here's why

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Wayne Rooney's Manchester United testimonial on Wednesday night was meant to revolve around one person and one person only: Rooney himself.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic career at the Theatre of Dreams since joining in 2004 and was duly recognised for his achievements on what was a memorable occasion, even if the scoreline was 0-0 at full-time.

His special night was also a means of raising money for four chosen charities: the NSPCC, Manchester United Foundation, Alder Hey Children's Charity and Claire House Children's Hospice.


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And yet, perhaps expectedly, Jose Mourinho still stole the spotlight at Old Trafford for something rather bizarre.

Despite being United manager, the Portuguese was forced to sit in front of the home dugout on a very basic and uncomfortable looking chair throughout the 90 minutes.

Safe to say he was far from impressed, but it's now been revealed why exactly Mourinho set up shop on the 'overflow bench'.

According to the Mirror, there was simply no room for him - nor his assistant manager, Rui Faria, and coaches Ricardo Formosinho and Silvino Louro - in the dugout due to the sheer amount of substitutes United had.

That's some treatment towards 'the Special One'.

Instead, Sam Johnstone, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ashley Young, Memphis Depay and Marcus Rashford occupied the home bench.

Nevertheless, the night was all about Rooney and after the match he revealed how Mourinho wanted nothing less than victory in what was meant to be a friendly.

He said: "He wants to win.

"He wanted to win tonight and he reiterated that at half time. Playing for Manchester United even if it’s a friendly game you want to win.

"Unfortunately we didn’t but it’s something myself and my family will remember."

Rooney was then asked if Mourinho is the type to get in players' faces when angry, to which United's captain replied: "Yes and no.

"He obviously gets his message across. He wants to win but he’s not a real big shouter.

“He expects a lot from his players and just from him talking he has got that aura about him where you know exactly the message he’s getting across to you.

“He's not someone who is going to come in - at the moment he hasn’t anyway - and start throwing things.

"You never know when the season starts though! He’s competitive and wants to win every game, whether it's a friendly like tonight against Everton or in the [Community] Shield on Sunday against Leicester."

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