Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has conceded that he truly misses Wayne Rooney in the Red Devils’ changing room and he was emotional to see his skipper leave for Everton.
Following 13 years at Old Trafford, the 31-year-old chose to come back to his childhood club Everton after a struggling year under Mourinho as a bit part player during the 2016/17 season
Rooney only showed up 25 times in all rivalries last season with scoring only 5 goals and Mourinho preferred to play Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the main striker, the England international finally decided to end his celebrated career at Manchester United.
Rooney requested an exit from the club for more game time and Mourinho permitted him to go. The previous Chelsea boss later uncovered that he needed to keep the England global at the club, however, felt Rooney should have been permitted to choose his own future.
But the Portuguese manager has now revealed that the choice was not a simple one and it was one of the most emotional moments in his career.
“I miss him a lot,” said Mourinho.
“I think he’s a fantastic guy. I’m not the kind of guy that gets normally emotional in my job and I did it with him when he left.”
“But I’m sure that he’s going to be very, very good for Everton and Everton is going to be very, very good for him.”
“It was not difficult (to let him go) because he deserves that, it’s not difficult. He deserves what he got and what he got was our desire for him to stay and our respect by letting it be completely clear that we would like him to stay.”
“And at the same time, the respect that allows him to be happy – allow him to try to play every game, every minute which honestly I think he needs.”
Rooney has already made his essence felt at Everton with two goals in three pre-season matches and made a winning start in the Everton shirt on Friday (July 28) when the Toffees began their Europa league campaign by winning 1-0 against Slovakian side Ružomberok in the qualifying round.