Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has admitted he had a conversation with club’s caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about how bad things were under Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was sacked by United last week following a 3-1 Premier league defeat at Liverpool.
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Solskjaer has himself revealed that he received texts from Rooney after being appointed as interim manager at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer said: “I arrived Thursday night and I think maybe all the texts and advice from Wazza helped today. He just told us to make them enjoy football, smile, go forward, be Man United. That’s what I asked for because it’s been a tough week for them. They’ve responded fantastically.”
Solskjaer: “I arrived on Wednesday night and only had Thursday and Friday with the players. Wayne Rooney text me and gave me some advice – so it must be down to him! He told me to make them play football, enjoy themselves and be Manchester United.”
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Rooney was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror: “Obviously Manchester United is a big part of my life and it was never nice watching what was going on.”
“Once Ole got the job – I played with Ole – I thought I’d give him a message of congratulations and my feelings of how it’s been from speaking to some players and what I felt needs to change.”
“I think, first of it all, it was just getting the lads to enjoy playing football. That’s what the lads wanted, that’s what they were after and he’s definitely the guy to make them do that.”
When asked if there was a bad atmosphere at the club, Rooney added: “Yeah. Not just the players, the whole football club.”
“I’m sure Ed Woodward was the same. The staff, the kitchen ladies, the kit men, everyone, they weren’t enjoying it.”
“Ole’s the type of person I know straight away the staff are happy and as you’ve seen, the players are also.”
Rooney believes a better verbal relationship with players could have helped Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
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“In my opinion, obviously being there for a year with him, he didn’t [keep players onside],” Rooney told BT Sport.
“And I think that was the one surprise I had, the communication with the players wasn’t as much as it could have been.”
“And I think when you leave a player out of a game, sometimes, for a player, it gives a bit of freedom of the mind when the manager says I’m leaving you out for this reason or for that reason.”
“But the players didn’t get that, and I think that’s the most difficult thing for a player to try and work out why you’re not playing.”
“I think the big thing with Jose was the communication with the players, and I know the players weren’t happy with him.”