Jose Mourinho makes bold claim about this Man United player

Jose Mourinho gushes with praise for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney and says his best years are ahead of him

Jose Mourinho believes that Wayne Rooney’s best years are still ahead of him at Manchester United.

The Red Devils captain was given special recognition on Wednesday night when he played in his testimonial game at Old Trafford against Everton.

Rooney, 30, has been at United for 12 years and is now gearing up for his first season under new manager Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he tried to bring Rooney to Chelsea during his time as the Blues’ manager back in the summer of 2013.

And the Portuguese coach has revealed his delight at the fact that he will now get work closely with a player who he has admired for such a long time.

Not only that, but Mourinho feels that Rooney has the capability to produce his best form in his 30s.

Speaking in an interview with MUTV, Mourinho said: “I follow from the outside but close because the season he joined Manchester United is the season I came to England for the first time, 2004.

“I’ve been here already for two different periods and I was close to it. I can say, because everybody knows, I tried to buy him.

“He is a player I always wanted to have in my side. Finally, I have him and I have him in the club he loves, the club where he has spent the best years of his career. And, I think, the best is yet to come from him.

“I find him full of motivation, full of joy to work every day, and happy to be here as a leader for the young people. He’s my man too. I can say, at this moment, he is my man. I am really happy.”

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United kick off their season with the Community Shield clash against Leicester at Wembley on Sunday.

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