Rooney's best day is ahead, says Mourinho

Antonio JonesJan 09, 2017

United, who left top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and France midfielder Paul Pogba on the bench, dominated throughout with some crisp passing at Old Trafford.

"It was very professional - I could see that from the first minute because we had two chances to score", said Mourinho. But I'll enjoy today because it's a real honour'.

"It just confirmed what I knew already (about the squad)". His breakout moment came in 2002, when they brought Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run to an end with a strike that had the commentator screaming "Remember the name - Wayne Rooney". "He played very well again".

Bournemouth paid the price for making 11 changes - an entire team - by losing 3-0 to League One (third tier) club Millwall.

The young forward raced through to score his first in a one-on-one situation before pressuring Ali Al-Habsi into a calamitous error to round off the rout late on.

"I spoke to him at half-time and said I don't care about goals, because he had big responsibility in breaking the defensive line", Mourinho said. While his form has been on a significant decline over the past three years or more, there's no denying that, when he was at his best, he was one of the club's most important players, if not the most important. "This is not the best day for him - the best day will arrive, it's just a question of when. With Marcus in the first half we were very objective and we created lots of problems to Reading".

Reading boss Jaap Stam, who played 127 times for United, added: "Wayne has been a great player from the beginning".

But like Rooney reminded us on Saturday, he is still alive and kicking, and willing to play a part in the post-Fergie renaissance under Jose Mourinho.

"If you start winning games the belief is getting bigger and bigger with individuals". Personal gongs eluded him, but to be fair, they've eluded nearly everyone thanks to Messrs Messi and Ronaldo who've made the World Player of the Year and Ballon D'or awards their personal fiefdom.

Martial skipped through to get away a shot that Al Habsi eventually got to grips with, before Rashford rounded the Omani goalkeeper only to turn into the side-netting.

When asked about Rashford and Martial, Blind said: 'They are great, great players so I think for any defence it's hard to play against them.

"We are so stretched, the Premier League is such a demanding league, we feel we need our best players available for selection", Howe said in defence of his team selection. "That's one of his many qualities".

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