Jose Mourinho tips Wayne Rooney’s DC United move to attract further interest in MLS

Jose Mourinho tips Wayne Rooney’s DC United move to attract further interest in MLS

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he feels Wayne Rooney‘s summer move to American team DC United will help attract further interest in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Rooney’s move to the Washington-based side from boyhood club Everton was confirmed on Thursday afternoon as he became the latest in a string of high-profile footballers to make the States their final career destination.

The 32-year-old’s return to Goodison Park after 13 seasons at Manchester United only lasted one year, but was the club’s top scorer in the 2017-18 campaign with 11 goals.

Mourinho has had his say on Rooney’s, who he appointed captain for his first season as Man United manager, long career in England and described it as “perfect.”

While in Russia covering the World Cup as a pundit, he told reporters: “When he made it at Everton, his boyhood club, the world was surprised with that kid and then he went to Manchester United and he had the incredible career he had.”

The Portuguese boss continued: “Then in the Premier League again at Everton Football Club, so I think his career in England was perfect.”

Mourinho went on to state what kind of positive impact he believes Rooney will have on the wide-scale interest in MLS.

“I just hope he enjoys it and of course he’ll bring the attention that MLS needs to steal some people from the other sports that normally the American people are in love with.”

“He decides the MLS [is next] and in MLS, you have always some iconic players that are going to end their career there. You had [Steven] Gerrard, you had [Frank] Lampard, you had [Patrick] Vieira, you had so many of them. David Beckham played there too.

“You now have Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], you now have Wayne. I just hope he enjoys it and, of course, he’ll bring the attention that the MLS needs to attract more people, to steal some people from the other sports that normally the American people are in love with.”

Rooney won 16 major honours during his time at Old Trafford and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton with a stunning late equaliser against Stoke City in January 2017.

The retired England international is also his country’s leading scorer on 53 goals, so the vast excitement he’s bound to bring to fans of MLS ahead of the new season is no secret.

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