New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that he has no intention of playing Wayne Rooney in midfield amidst speculation over his ideal role.
The club captain has been used mainly in a deeper-lying forward in the last number of seasons, with former manager Louis van Gaal playing him as secondary striker and England manager Roy Hodgson deploying him in as an attacking midfielder in the European Championship.
However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has made it absolutely clear that Rooney still has many goals left in him and that he will give him the opportunity to deliver them.
“I think in football there are many jobs. The hardest to find is the one who puts the ball in the back of the net,” the 53-year-old told reporters at his first press conference as United manager.
“It is normal, at his age, for a player to change a bit but one thing that will never change is the appetite to put the ball in the net,” he continued.
“He is maybe not a No.9 anymore but, for me, he will never be a No.6. He will never be 50 yards from goal. Yes, he has a great pass but I have a great pass under no pressure.
“He will be a No.9, a No.10, maybe a 9-and-a-half but never a No.6 or even a No.8,” he added.