Manchester United Football Club officially unveiled Jose Mourinho in his first press conference as manager this lunchtime, with the self-proclaimed Special One certainly giving the passionate fans something to be excited about ahead of the new season.
Now 53, he seems to have mellowed a fair bit over the last twelve months, and normally you’d expect fireworks, but that wasn’t the case.
In fact, he stayed very calm throughout and answered every question pretty much with a straight bat.
One area of significant interest was Wayne Rooney, with the English journalists pressing to find out where he’d be used by Jose Mourinho this season – and his response was somewhat of a surprise.
He said that there is no chance Rooney will be deployed as a holding midfielder, or a more advanced midfielder – but instead, he’ll be used as a number nine or a number ten.
“Maybe he is not a No 9 anymore but he will never, with me, be a No 6. He will never be 50 metres from the goal.” Jose Mourinho began.
“For me, he will be a No 9 or a No 10, or a number nine-and-a-half, but with me he will never be a No 6, not even a No 8.”
This is certainly interesting, because on numerous occasions, Wayne Rooney himself has stated that he now feels more capable at playing in a deeper role. We’ll have to see how he gets on up top during pre-season, and assess it further from there.