Jose Mourinho has hailed Wayne Rooney as England’s best player for over a decade following the announcement confirming his testimonial match against Everton.
Rooney is eight goals shy of becoming Manchester United’s highest ever goalscorer and already became England’s record goalscorer at the end of 2015.
Having tried and failed to sign him as Chelsea manager, Mourinho has always had a penchant for Rooney and he’s made that abundantly clear in his comments about him.
He said: “Wayne is and has been England’s best player for over a decade and this game will be a fitting tribute to everything he has achieved.
“I’m looking forward to what will be a very special night for us both. I’m sure the fans will make this a memorable occasion and help Wayne to raise a lot of money to help support vulnerable children.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to hear Mourinho is a big fan of Rooney. As we’ve discussed, he tried his utmost to lure him to Stamford Bridge but ultimately failed. Now, he’ll finally get to manage him at United.
To say Rooney had an indifferent 2015/16 is an understatement. He was nothing short of woeful until the turn of the year but then came back with a bang before injury thwarted his progress. When he returned, Louis van Gaal played him in central midfield and as much as I don’t like him in that position, he did pretty well.
Where he fits into Mourinho’s plans next year remains to be seen but it certainly sounds like he will be a central figure under Jose, whether that is in midfield or not is a mystery.