Jamie Redknapp makes bold prediction about Man United captain and Jose Mourinho

Jamie Redknapp warns Jose Mourinho that he can't upset Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney

Jamie Redknapp has warned Jose Mourinho that he can’t afford to upset Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

The Red Devils sacked Louis van Gaal on Monday night despite the Dutch coach winning the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace after extra-time.

Mourinho is the favourite to fill the vacant position at Old Trafford as the 53-year-old looks to make a return to management after he was sacked by Chelsea in December.

The Portuguese coach attempted to sign England and United captain Rooney upon his return to the west London club in 2013 but the Red Devils rejected Chelsea’s approach.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp is intrigued to see how Mourinho utilises the 30-year-old forward in his United project.

“When he was at Chelsea, Mourinho kept trying to sign Rooney. Now he must decide if he wants the England captain as a striker or a midfielder,” Redknapp told Daily Mail.

“Rooney is good in the middle of the park but he’s been a great centre forward. With the pace of Martial and Rashford up front, Wayne probably thinks his best way to get a game is to drop back.

“With the money Rooney is on, however, Mourinho will want more than just a midfielder who sits in but the 30-year-old is a big hitter in the dressing room and the manager can’t afford to upset him.”

Rooney scored eight times and made six assists in 28 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season.

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The England skipper played a key role in United’s 2-1 comeback victory over Palace in the FA Cup showpiece at the weekend.

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