London - Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new
manager Jose Mourinho has restored a "winning mentality" at Old
Mourinho was brought in after the end of last season
following the sacking of Louis van Gaal.
United have failed to win the league since legendary manager
Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with David Moyes and Van Gaal, who oversaw an FA
Cup final victory last season, failing to live up to the exacting standards set
by the Scot.
But Rooney believes the arrival of Portuguese manager
Mourinho, who has 17 major trophies to his name, including eight league titles
in four countries and two Champions League successes with different clubs, will
help propel United back towards the summit of the Premier League.
"It's always great to get a new manager but when you
get someone in the stature of Jose Mourinho he's great to work under and he's
brought a winning mentality back to the club," Rooney told Manchester
radio station Key 103 on Friday.
"Manchester United as a football club we have to win
and we have to deliver for him," the England captain added.
"There's pressure on the players but we're ready and I
think this season we'll give a real challenge on all fronts.
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"He's come in, he's been great with the players. The
training has been hard but enjoyable.
"We're ready, we're working hard. We know it's a big
season for us.
"He's made, in my opinion, some great signings who have
gelled in really well with the squad so it's exciting times," the
30-year-old striker added.
Rooney needs just five more goals to break United's all-time
scoring record held by England great and 1966 World Cup-winner Bobby Charlton.
He, is however, already planning for life after his playing
days are over.
"I've started taking my coaching badges now so that
will probably take about four or five years to complete," Rooney said.
"Of course I've got a lot of experience playing
football so I think it would be criminal if I didn't try and pass that
knowledge on, so hopefully when I finish playing I can get some role as a
manager or coach and try and use the experience I've built up over the
Mourinho has already brought in several players to United,
including defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker
The Old Trafford club are also understood to be pursuing a
potentially record-breaking deal for Juventus's France midfielder Paul Pogba.
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