He had been expressing his admiration for Wayne Rooney even as a Chelsea manager, he was even more vocal last season, the one the two men worked together at Manchester United, and he wouldn’t stop now that the former Red Devils skipper is no longer at the club.
I miss him a lot, I miss the guy a lot, I think he’s a fantastic guy
Jose Mourinho told The Telegraph talking about the now Everton player.
I’m not the kind of guy that gets normally emotional in my job and I did it with him when he left, but I am sure that he’s going to be very good for Everton, and Everton is going to be very good for him
the Man United manager said, before expanding on why he thinks Rooney will be hard to replace at Old Trafford.
Wayne was a very positive influence. We cannot say we are going to improve the group because Wayne left. No way, or the other way around. He was such an important guy and a good guy for us. I just think it is a new period without that face, without that leader, without that good influence on us
Mourinho said. He was quick to point out though that the divorce between the two sides could not be avoided, admitting that he totally understands Rooney’s desire to play in every game, every minute, something that wouldn’t happen at United this season.
He deserves what he got and what he got was our desire for him to stay and our respect by letting it be completely clear that we would like him to stay. And at the same time the respect that allows him to be happy, allow him to try to play every game, every minute, which honestly I think he needs
were Mourinho’s words.