Rooney: Mourinho has rebooted Man Utd's winning mentality

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The England captain has praised his club manager for providing United with a winning edge once again as they strive for a top-four finish

Wayne Rooney believes Jose Mourinho has helped Manchester United reboot their winning mentality.

Rooney led United to the last of their 20 English titles in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in 2012-13, yet the subsequent years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal have been jarringly barren by comparison.

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Van Gaal did win the FA Cup as a swansong at the end of last season before making way for Mourinho, who oversaw an indifferent start to the current campaign.

However, United head into Saturday's game against Watford with a 15-match unbeaten Premier League run to their name, as well as the EFL Cup final to come against Southampton at Wembley later this month.

During this period Rooney has become United's record goalscorer – netting a last-minute equaliser at Stoke City to usurp Bobby Charlton's tally – and he feels the positive impact of Mourinho is there for all to see.

"He's obviously a top manager – all of the clubs he's been at shows that," the England captain told GQ.

 

  Posted by Wayne Rooney on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

"He knows what he wants from the players and the players know what the manager wants from them.

"He's strong in that sense but as long as you're doing what he wants, then I'm sure you'll be fine.

"You can see he's got a winning mentality. Not that we didn’t have that already, but he certainly reminded us of it."

Along with the EFL Cup, United are still in the hunt for honours in the FA Cup and the Europa League.

Rooney believes the cups can provide a triumphant end to United's season, with Champions League qualification also firmly within their reach even if the 14-point gap to runaway leaders Chelsea makes the Premier League title a bridge too far.

"I think it's going okay," said Rooney when asked about the club's performance under Mourinho. "We're in a good position in terms of making the top four.

"Obviously our ambition was to try and be champions, which will be difficult now. We know that.

"But we're right there in terms of trying to place ourselves in the top four.

"We're still in the Europa League, in the final of the League Cup and still in the FA Cup, so they're trophies we believe we've got a strong enough squad to go and win.

"Then obviously now probably we have to look at trying to finish in the top four."

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