The Manchester United boss told Sky Sports that he had no intention to sell club Captain Wayne Rooney, and is adamant that the English striker can soon pick up his form.
Jose Mourinho dropped the skipper from his last 3 starting squads in the Premier League, as Rooney continued his massive dip in form.
Rooney’s omission from the starting squad led many to speculate over the 31-year-old’s future. with news reports claiming that clubs from the MLS and the Chinese Super League may soon lure the attacker away from Manchester.
However, Mourinho has maintained that he will keep Rooney in his first team squad, and will ‘never’ try to sell him.
Jose Mourinho feels that Wayne Rooney, who has played in over 500 matches and scored almost 250 goals for Manchester United, should be the one who will decide when to end his Old Trafford stay.
When asked if he would ever be as ruthless as to sell the 30-year-old, Mourinho told Sky Sports News HQ: “No, never.
“I will never make that decision. A player of his stature, a player of his history in the club will never go to point where club or manager want to make that decision for him.”
Mourinho also added that he thinks Wayne Rooney’s dip in form has been caused by managers constantly switching his position. The Portuguese himself believes that Rooney should play as far forward as he can, as opposed to previous managers’ decisions to play him in a deep midfield role.
He said: “I think it created a bit of a doubt in relation to his role, to his position, to his future and I think players especially in moments of less confidence, they need to be clear in his head.
“He cannot be jumping from No 6 to No 9, or No 9 to No 10, or No 9 to No 6. For me, he is an attacking player. What is an attacking player for me? For him, a 9 or 10.”