Wayne Rooney has been looking forward to play alongside with his new teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the season start. Besides that, he has also been singing praises for his new manager Jose Mourinho and has said that he can already see why Jose Mourinho has been a massive winner throughout his career.
Wayne Rooney has not been playing in the opening game for Manchester United against Borussia Dortmund as he is building up his game fitness. However, the Manchester United captain has started working alongside with United’s new manager Mourinho for the club’s preseason tour in China.
In one of the Facebook Q&A session discussing on topic regarding working with Mourinho, Rooney has stated that: “It’s been great. The training is tough. You can see why he has won so many trophies in the clubs that he has been at. We have enjoyed it and it has been difficult in the heat here in China but it’s been really good.
“I am looking forward to getting involve in a few games, starting against City.”
Ibrahimovic has not been taken on the tour and Rooney will only get to train with his new teammate when United return to Manchester.
Asked about his opinion on his new teammate, Rooney replied that Ibrahimovic has been one of the best striker in the world of football for the last decade. His huge character has also enable him win trophies wherever he goes.
“I am looking forward to training with him and hopefully we can form a successful partnership.”
The United next and final game on the China tour would be a match against Manchester City in Beijing on Monday.
After the China tour, United will be facing Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden, on July 30. The following game after facing Galatasaray would be United’s first game on home soil under Mouriho against Everton on August 3. This game would also be Rooney’s testimonial against Everton.
Looking forward to that game, the 30-year-old said: “I will have my three boys with me and I am sure it will be quite an emotional game. It will be very different to have the crowd there to support myself and support the charities that are benefiting from it.
“It will be an emotional night for myself and a proud moment as well. Not many players stay at a club that long, nowadays, to get a testimonial and it’s going to be a huge honour.”
The former Everton striker also reflect back on his career as a whole during the discussion.
Rooney singled out the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea as his most memorable game. The overhead kick that lead to scoring the winning goal against Manchester City in February 2011 was his best goal.
Besides that, he also rate the under-pressure penalty that he scored away against Blackburn Rovers to be his most memorable goal. The penalty eventually lead United to a record breaking 19th league title for United in 2011.
Being a captain for United had certainly influence Rooney in many ways. “Naturally, I am quite demanding at times. Growing up watching great players like Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard play over the 12 years—you take little bits from players like that.
“But throughout my football career, I have always spoken my mind and make known on the things that I have wanted from my teammates and what my teammates have wanted from me.”
When it is time for Rooney to hang up his boots, he certainly would like to go into coaching.
“I would like to be a manager when I finish playing,” Rooney said. “Football is what I have done my whole life. I am currently in the process of taking my coaching badges, so hopefully when I finish playing I will have that complete.” For more info, visit Maxbet.