Jose Mourinho: Wayne Rooney has got more to give at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan


Jose Mourinho believes Wayne Rooney still has more to give at Manchester United, but claimed he would not stand in the Englishman’s way if he chose a move to China.

The 31-year-old scored his 250th Man United goal in the 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, where he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the club’s record scorer, coming off the bench with a brilliantly taken 94th minute free-kick.

He had been heavily linked with a move to China after he lost his automatic starter role for club and country, but he’s returned to the side in perfect fashion, proving he still has it in the locker.

Speaking about the situation, Mourinho has explained how he feels about Rooney’s future.

“I think he still has more to give us, but you reach a certain level in his career when it is up to him,” Mourinho said.

“Could anyone be critical with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] last summer if he decided to go to China or the US? Could anyone be critical with one guy with such an amazing career? No, and I think with Wayne it is the same. He owns his life, he owns his career. It’s him, his family’s and his decision.

“I don’t like to be critical of players who decide to go to China. It’s their life, it’s their organisation of their life, their organisation of their career. The money is huge, the experience can also be very interesting.

“I know some of my colleagues think they are more important than they are and think they can interfere in the lives of other people, but I’m not that sort of guy. But in Wayne’s case, I have no idea. He never mentioned anything to me.

“The future belongs to him and what he wants from his career, the way he wants to end it and enjoy this last part of his career belongs to him.”

Mourinho believes he still has more to offer at United and insists his future will be entirely down to the player, but the question is if supporters agree.

He’s come under heavy scrutiny after his performances dipped, but he doesn’t deserve all the stick as he’s a club legend and has now written his name down in the history books.

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