Jose hasn't thrown things yet: Rooney

COMPETITIVE STREAK: Rooney (with his sons) says the Man Utd manager may have a low-key approach to life but has a strong will to win even in friendlies, although he is not quite as confrontational as the fiery Ferguson - yet.


    Aug 05, 2016

    Jose hasn't thrown things yet: Rooney


    WAYNE Rooney has described Jose Mourinho's low-key approach to life as Manchester United manager but insists the new Old Trafford chief has a fierce will to win.

    The United and England captain was talking after he marked his testimonial with a goalless draw against Everton, his team's final preparation before Sunday's Community Shield meeting with champions Leicester City.

    It was also the first Old Trafford game in which Mourinho, United's fourth manager in five turbulent seasons, has taken charge of the club.

    Two of his predecessors, Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, were in the stand to show their appreciation for Rooney's 12 years at the club.

    The striker insisted that Mourinho has yet to adopt the same confrontational style as Fergie.

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

    "You never know when the season starts.

    "He's competitive and wants to win every game, whether it's a friendly tonight or the Charity Shield on Sunday."

    Ferguson earned a fierce reputation with tall tales of him having often thrown "tea cups" in anger in the United dressing room when things were not to his liking.

    Mourinho may not have the same fearsome approach but, according to Rooney, he is every bit as much a winner as Ferguson.

    "He wants to win. He wanted to win tonight," said Rooney. "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."

    A drab game had little to entertain the 58,597 crowd, who will help Rooney raise a reported £5 million (S$8.9 million) for charity. And, as has been the case throughout the pre-season games, Mourinho used 22 players during the 90 minutes.


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