Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he has a lot of trust in his captain Wayne Rooney.
He also expressed his confusion over the criticism United’s number 10 receives for his performances.
“I trust him a lot. I think he’s going to be a very important player for me,” said Mourinho.
“I am quite surprised with so many question marks around this guy. He is the club captain, he is the manager’s captain, he is the players’ captain.”
Rooney, United’s second all time top scorer, is yet to feature for his new manager as he recuperates from England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, but could be in line to face rivals Manchester City tomorrow.
Appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May, Mourinho has already talked about Rooney’s future with the club, saying he will be used in his natural forward role, rather than in midfield where he has been used in recent months.
The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the form of Anthony Martial perhaps implied that Rooney could struggle for playing time next season, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager’s recent comments suggests otherwise.
The Red Devils were humbled by a strong Borussia Dortmund side yesterday as they lost 4-1 in Shanghai in their first loss under the Portuguese. They have already beaten Championship side Wigan 2-0.
United kick off their Premier League campaign away to Bournemouth on the 14th August as they look to win their first title since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.