Mourinho hails ‘special’ Rooney in 249 ways

EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 07/01/2017

Wayne Rooney jumps for joy

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reserved special praise for Captain Wayne Rooney after he reached a major milestone in his football career this afternoon.

The 31-year-old equaled the Red Devils all-time goals record set by Sir Bobby Charlton when he scored in the 4-0 FA Cup third round win against Reading to reach 249 goals for the club.

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Rooney needs just a goal to claim the outright lead in the scoring stakes and Mourinho has backed him to achieve it while confirming that the whole team will help the England Captain attain that height.

"A more special day will arrive. It was great but I want one more goal! He is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do that. To have Wayne as the top scorer in a club like this is magnificent for him," he told BT Sport.

"We play well, but not better than in some matches in which we did not win. Everything is built on some not so good result. It was a very important for the creation of empathy and a strong group. I am happy because it was a professional job from minute one.

"We knew Reading that could create difficulties especially if you allow them to settle in the game. It is also good for me to see some of the players that are not starting in many games - they are good physically and I can count on them for the rest of the season."

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On his part, Wayne Rooney said: "It's a proud moment especially to do so at such a massive club like Manchester United. I'm hugely honoured to be able to play for this football club and to be up there in terms of goals with Sir Bobby is a really proud moment for me. Hopefully I'll be out there on my own soon but I'll enjoy today because it's a real honour," he explained.

"I'm enjoying my football and I'm thankful to score again It's a huge part of my life this football club and I'm really honoured to be up there alongside Sir Bobby.

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"Of course you want to break records in front of your home fans," he added. "We've got two home games coming up [this week] so hopefully I can get the next one in one of those games. I'm delighted for today though and more importantly the result. There were a lot of changes and the lads have come in and shown they're ready if needed."

Manchester United will return to action on Tuesday when they take on Hull City in the semi-final on the EFL Cup before hosting Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

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