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Wayne Rooney: Jose Mourinho told me in which position I will be deployed this season


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he will again play in a No. 10 position.

The 30-year-old was deployed as a midfielder by last season's manager Louis van Gaal and former England head coach Roy Hodgson.

But he will be back to his natural striker position this season.

"As he [Jose Mourinho] said to the press, he said to me about playing No.10," Rooney told reporters.

"That is something I've now got to work on and get myself in the right position to score goals.

"I have scored goals all through my career and I have no doubt in my goalscoring ability. Hopefully I can do that this season."

At the start of the month, Mourinho confirmed that the Englishman will feature in the offensive department.

"In football there are many jobs on the field," he told MUTV.

"The one that is more difficult to find is the one that puts the ball in the net. Players change during the years of course, their qualities change, so it is normal that a player at his [Wayne's] age changes a little bit.

"However, something that will never change is the natural appetite to put the ball in the net. Maybe he is not a striker anymore, but he will never be a no.6 for me, he will never be someone playing 60 metres from the goal.

"You can tell me his passes are amazing - yes, they are amazing, but my passes are also amazing without pressure. There are many players with a great pass, but there aren't as many players who can put the ball in the net. For me he will be a [number] 9, a 10, or a 9-and-a-half, but not a 6 or even an 8."

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