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Sport Mourinho: Rooney now a Manchester United legend

22:35  21 january  2017
22:35  21 january  2017 Source:   goal.com

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Jose Mourinho described Wayne Rooney as "a legend of Manchester United " after his last-gasp equaliser against Stoke City saw him break the Stoke boss Mark Hughes, twice a Premier League-winner in a distinguished United playing career, believes Rooney can now set a record that will never

Jose Mourinho has hailed Wayne Rooney as “a legend of Manchester United ”, after his last-gasp equalizer against Stoke City on Saturday, saw him break the club’s “Before him the record belonged to a legend of English football. Now Wayne becomes a legend of Manchester United .”

Jose Mourinho described Wayne Rooney as "a legend of Manchester United" after his last-gasp equaliser against Stoke City saw him break the club's goalscoring record.

The 31-year-old swept in a brilliant free-kick with seconds remaining at the bet365 Stadium to move onto 250 goals in 546 appearances - one more than former record-holder Bobby Charlton.

And Mourinho praised his captain for claiming a place in the history of both the club and the global game.

"The record is the record," he told Sky Sports after the 1-1 draw. "It is the record of the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in the world. "Before him the record belonged to a legend of English football. Now Wayne becomes a legend of Manchester United."

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The Red Devils boss paid tribute to his captain after he became the club's record goalscorer on Saturday, in the club's 1-1 draw with Stoke.

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes, twice a Premier League-winner in a distinguished United playing career, believes Rooney can now set a record that will never be broken.

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"It is an outstanding record and won't be surpassed," he told BBC Sport. "It has taken 40-odd years for Sir Bobby's record to be broken which shows how high a mark it was."

Rooney's goal came in the fourth minute of injury time to salvage a point after Juan Mata's first-half own goal looked to have handed Stoke the win.

Mourinho was frustrated that his side did not do better with the chances they created but credited Stoke for a well-organised defensive approach.

"It was a big game with two teams in the beginning trying to win," he said. "But after 25 minutes one team tried to win and the other tried to defend, which they did amazingly well. They showed great work rate and did everything to try and stop us.

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United legend Rooney , who now plays for MLS club DC United , says the club has faced a similar situation under Louis van Gaal. So I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes now .' Rooney says it's up to the players to put in the performances and Mourinho is an easy target for United 's

JOSE MOURINHO has urged Manchester United fans to give Wayne Rooney a fitting welcome back to Old Trafford on Sunday. The club's all-time leading scorer makes his first return to the He said: "I think he'll get the welcome that he deserves, I think sometimes the word ' legend ' comes too easily.

"We did everything well except in front of our target. We missed unbelievable chances. We hit the post, the keeper saves, we miss chances and we have another draw. We have too many draws for the attacking play we produce. Opposition goalkeepers are always amazing against us."

Hughes felt a little aggrieved at the amount of injury time added by referee Mark Clattenburg but praised his side's resilience during long spells of United pressure.

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"I didn't feel there was five minutes added on but that gave them enough time to get something out of the game," he said. "We are disappointed but we need to pick ourselves up. We were within seconds of beating a very good Manchester United team.

"My only criticism to the guys is that we didn't keep the ball long enough. We are good enough to do that but we needed more care to get up the other end of the pitch. But fair play to Man United: they put on attacking players and made it hard for us to get out.

"In the end we tried to protect what we had and I can't criticise what we did for the free-kick."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho rules out Wayne Rooney departure .
The club’s all-time top scorer had been widely linked with a move to China.The 31-year-old’s Old Trafford future has long been under scrutiny and intensified after he became the club’s all-time top scorer earlier in the month.

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