Rooney will never be a No 6 for me. Maybe he is not a No 9 anymore, he is a No 8 or 8 and a half but he will never play 50 meters away from goal”. Mourinho’s opinion of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is a clear indication that for a change, the England skipper will have to adjust to the demands of the manager and not vice versa. With Roy Hodgson at national level, he played at a position he felt best for himself. At the end of last season, it was the same position Louis Van Gaal deployed him in. But this season he will have to step up and fulfill the demands Mourinho asks of him.In all probability, the No 10 position will be the spot Rooney will find himself in.It will be a big challenge fro Rooney, one that he or may not be able to fulfill but a prospect that is unjust for one player in particular: Juan Mata.
When Mourinho was announced as Van Gaal’s successor, the second big news was related to Juan Mata and his future. The midfielder was twice the player of the season for Chelsea but was deemed not satisfactory by Mourinho who decided to sell him to a direct rival in Manchester United. While he hasn’t been very consistent throughout his stay, he hasn’t been that bad either. In any other team, or under any other manager, he would have easily been slotted in the starting lineup.A player of his creativity is not consigned to bench and substitute roles.But that is the prospect the Spaniard is facing in the upcoming season if he wishes to stay on.
Rooney at No 10 : Is Mata paying an unfair price at Man Utd?
Mourinho has never been a fan of him, his defensive contribution cited as a reason for the Portuguese’s dissatisfaction. While creative players are lauded for their goals, they are chided in equal measure if the team loses under Mourinho. He moved on from Chelsea in January 2014 when the writing was on his wall, has the time come up for him to do the same at Manchester United? While Rooney’s class is beyond question, the comparison between the two players at No 10 spot clearly shows the right option and it’s not Rooney.
He was seen by many to move deep into the midfield this season after tasting fair success at the fag end of the last season.Mata meanwhile, continued to flourish at the No 10 role whenever Van Gaal allowed him to play there.Sadly, the Dutchman’s flip-flops on Mata’s role from No 10 spot to the right wing saw Mata struggle for fluidity that is a hallmark of his game.That Manchester United were made to suffer via a lack of goals is another matter. However, those with the knowledge of the club know that Mata is probably one of the best buys in the last three years, creating goals with a fair amount of consistency firstly under David Moyes,then Ryan Giggs and then Van Gaal.But it’s not the bad memories from the last three years that are weighing against him, rather it’s the personal equation with Mourinho that is going against him.
Everton are the frontrunners for his signature but rumour has it that Manchester United are not willing to let him go. Mourinho has reportedly told him that he will play a third of the total number of matches for the Red Devils this season. Only one of the two prospects look likely to happen and it’s not hard to guess which one. Everton would be uplifted by his arrival and the same would happen for him and his career.
When he was brought for €37 million, he was a seen as a signing to salvage Man United’s season.With Mourinho in charge, he would be hoping to hoping to do the same for his career