Football: Jose Mourinho rallies Manchester United fans for "new chapter"


Portuguese aims for 'everything', as Rooney reveals excitement to work with new coach

LONDON • Jose Mourinho has called on Manchester United's fans to get behind the English football team once more after three disaffected years in which they were forced to endure the unadventurous tactics of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

Moyes lasted 10 months, to be temporarily replaced by Ryan Giggs, while van Gaal was eventually dispensed with despite winning the FA Cup, amid chants of "We're Man United, we want to attack!" ringing out at several games last season.

The new manager has promised a fresh start, despite suspicions that he may bring his own brand of negativity to Old Trafford.

He told the club's website: "I understand that they expect a lot from me but I also expect a lot from them. There is no chance we will be happy if we are not together and I think the passion for this club is really amazing.

"It's a new chapter in the club's life. Always when you change a manager, I feel it is a sad moment but it is a new chapter now.


"We have brought a few new faces in, we will keep some others but, in the end, it doesn't matter who the manager is, it doesn't matter who the new players are or who is staying or leaving, it's Man United and Man United is much more than any one of us.


I've played against many Mourinho sides over the years and I can't remember any easy games, so I think that says it all.

WAYNE ROONEY, Manchester United captain, on his extra motivation for the season after Jose Mourinho's arrival.

"The passion the fans have is for the club and I feel I am a club man.

"When I arrived, I wore the shirt immediately and this is the kind of club and the kind of shirt that I am very proud to represent. I am going to do my best to be happy and to make the people happy."

In terms of targets for his first year, Mourinho, 53, reiterated his comments at his first press conference when he said: "I'm not humble when I talk about targets, I'm quite aggressive on that.

"I want everything and everything is to win matches, play well, score goals, don't concede goals… everything. I want everything. I know that we are speaking about a hypothetical situation which is very difficult to reach but I want everything."

The Portuguese's first match in charge will be a friendly against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The club's captain Wayne Rooney will not be available for that game as he is on a break following Euro 2016. But yesterday he claimed working under Mourinho will give him extra motivation.

"I like to think I'm always motivated as a player but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit more motivated when a new manager comes in. I'm sure all the lads will be happy to be working under Jose and also eager to impress," the striker, who is only four goals behind Bobby Charlton's record of 249 in United's all-time scorers list, told the Inside United club magazine.

"I'm really excited to be working with Jose this season as he's one of the best managers in the world. And it's an exciting time for Manchester United.

"I've always respected him both as a man and a manager, he's a nice guy and one of the most successful managers of all time.

"I've played against many Mourinho sides over the years and I can't remember any easy games, so I think that says it all.

"His teams are always hard to beat, tactically disciplined and, most importantly, successful.

"He'll bring all these qualities with him and I'm sure he'll have his own ideas, but one of the biggest assets will be his experience. He's managed a lot of successful teams throughout his career and all that experience will be vital."

Rooney, 30, is expected to report back for training on Monday before the eight-day trip to China, where United will play Dortmund and Manchester City.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2016, with the headline 'Jose rallies fans for 'new chapter''. Print Edition | Subscribe