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Rooney: Manchester United were restricted under Mourinho

Wayne Rooney has offered his opinion on the failed reign of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, saying that the players were restricted.

Mourinho was sacked earlier this week after steering the club 19 points off the pace set by league leaders Liverpool, and crucially, 11 points behind the top four, with Manchester United‘s players looking disengaged with his methods and ideas.

United replaced the Portuguese with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who despite only having two days of training with the players, got his temporary tenure off to a fine start, hammering Cardiff 5-1 in South Wales, as the Norwegian let United’s creative players off the leash.

Speaking as a guest pundit for BT Sport – and having worked with Mourinho for one season – United all-time leading record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has offered an interesting insight into Jose’s time at the club, saying that the players were ‘restricted’.

“The players obviously looked a bit restricted [under Mourinho]. The players have the ability and today we’ve seen that,” said Rooney.

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“A lot of things were happening around the team and around the manager, which isn’t good. Ole’s given them that freedom.

“It’s a fantastic day for the club.”

Solskjaer, who briefly played with Rooney during his playing days, said that the former United captain had offered his advice to him following his appointment earlier this week, and Rooney revealed what he told the 45-year-old caretaker boss.

“Manchester United’s a big part of my life and it was never nice watching what was going on. Once Ole got the job I thought I’d give him a message of congratulations.

“The first thing [he needed to do] was get the lads enjoying playing football.

“Everyone from the staff to the kitmen – they weren’t enjoying it. You can see the staff are happy today and the players are too.”

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