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Jose Mourinho wants this "important player" to play for Manchester United next season


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for captain Wayne Rooney after the Red Devils lifted the Europa League trophy on Wednesday night.

The Englishman has been left out of the England squad for June's matches against Scotland and France.

But the Portuguese insists he still has a future at Old Trafford.

"Wayne Rooney was ready to play, he was a big option," Mourinho said.

"But I didn't need to attack at 2-0. I told him yesterday that he could be the key man but he can perfectly be here next season. He is a very important player for us. If he stays next season I'd be very happy.

"I am very happy and I thank everyone that had a contribution for that, and I’m not speaking just about the players.

"Many other staff. The work they did to organise everything for us, for our families, to come to this important match with a short period of time, the way people dedicate themselves to that, to try to have our heads clean and focused and everything was perfect.

"So I thank everyone at the club that had a contribution for that."

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