Wayne Rooney will be used as a striker or a second striker, but not as a midfielder, Jose Mourinho has revealed.
He made this known when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday at his first press conference as Manager of the Premiere League club, Manchester United.
“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.
“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 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.”
Jose Mourinho, who started work as the Red Devils boss Monday morning, also revealed he is looking forward to renewing his friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson since both of them will be living in the same city.
“He will always be welcome to the training ground and we will have a lot of time to share our personal stuff. His opinion is important to me,” he said.