Photos: Wayne Rooney and Jose Mourinho hug in Man United training

by Tanveer Arayan

New boss Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney are evidently getting along well as the Manchester United squad prepare for their pre-season tour of China.

The pair shared a hug during the side’s first training session in Shanghai after arriving in China earlier today.

Mourinho’s side face Borussia Dortmund on Friday and Manchester City on July 25, before jetting off to Sweden for a friendly against Galatasaray.

The boss and captain haven’t taken long to form a good relationship.

After Mourinho failed to prize Rooney away from Old Trafford back in 2013, it’s no wonder that the 53-year-old is excited about finally having Rooney under his wing.

The relationship between captain and manager is always crucial. The captain often acts as a medium through which the manager can gauge the overall mood of the side and their attitudes towards various methods, something his predecessor constantly ignored.

The Special One has lauded Rooney for many years, and clearly sees his full potential realised as a striker or No.10, rather than in midfield. It is, in many ways, a huge vote of confidence for Rooney, who has recognised in the past that his days as striker are numbered following a string of woeful performances up-front. He has, however, received another chance to prove himself in that area, after many United fans – including myself – declared that the 30-year-old is no longer capable of fulfilling that role.

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