Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has claimed that new manager Jose Mourinho has brought back the winning mentality at the club.
After months of speculation, Mourinho was officially announced as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May to end the ill-fated tenure of the Dutch coach that lasted for two campaigns.
While, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Man Utd have won just one major trophy in three seasons – the 2016 FA Cup, but Wayne Rooney is hopeful that the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss’ arrival will help the team to challenge in all competitions next season.
The English striker said: “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.”
“Manchester United as a football club we have to win and we have to deliver for him. There’s pressure on the players but we’re ready and I think this season we’ll give a real challenge on all fronts.
“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.”
Since Mourinho’s appointment, Man Utd have signed defender Eric Bailly, centre forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and the Red Devils are also reportedly close to completing the return of French midfielder Paul Pogba, for a world record €110 million transfer fee.
Man Utd face Galatasaray in a friendly game on Saturday in Gothenburg, with Swedish striker Ibrahimovic expected to make his debut for the club. While, Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match against Everton in midweek will be followed by the Community Shield match against Premier League champions Leicester City on 7 August.