Manchester United fans react on Twitter to Jose Mourinho's Wayne Rooney comments

England's Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney in midfield? Not under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

England's Wayne RooneyEngland's Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney's spell in midfield appears to be over already after new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho declared it was not an option for him.

Speaking in his press conference, reported by SkySports, Mourinho said he did not see Rooney as a midfielder and wanted him to be a striker again.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conferenceNew Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

He said: "In football there are many jobs on the field. The one that is more difficult to find is the one who puts the ball in the net. Players change their characteristics with age, so its normal that they change a little bit. But the natural appetite to put the ball in the net never changes.

"Maybe he is not a No.9 anymore but he will never, with me, be a No.6. He will never be 50 metres from the goal. For me he will be a No.9 or a No.10 or a No.9.5, but with me he will never be a No.6 or a even No.8."

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conferenceNew Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Rooney ended the season for United in midfield, and carried on playing there for England, but their early exit from Euro 2016 emphasises that he is not exactly a world beater in the position.

It means Rooney will have to work harder on re-discovering his touch as a striker, and can no longer take the easy way out by dropping into midfield.

His performances up front for United last season were not good enough and fell below expectations, and this was glossed over by his switch of position.

Now there will be no excuses, although whether he deserves a place in the starting line up is another matter, with Antony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic competing for positions.

Manchester United's Wayne RooneyManchester United's Wayne Rooney

Here is a look at how Manchester United fans reacted on Twitter to Mourinho's comments...

 

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