Mou warns his charges

Red Devils boss says only team spirit re­main un­touch­able at Old Traf­ford

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY MAR­TYN HER­MAN /

Wayne Rooney knows it al­ready and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Paul Pogba have been warned by man­ager Jose Mour­inho that no player is “un­touch­able” at Manch­ester United.

Dur­ing Mour­inho’s tro­phy­laden first spell at Chelsea from 2004-07 the likes of Frank Lam­pard, John Terry, Di­dier Drogba and Claude Makelele be­came al­most un­drop­pable.

Times have changed, how­ever, and Mour­inho says no one in the United dress­ing room can as­sume such sta­tus.

Mour­inho said the only un­touch­able pres­ence in the United dress­ing room cost not a sin­gle penny.

“Un­touch­able now has to be the team spirit and the com­mit­ment and pride, the com­mit­ment to the club, re­spect to the fans, that has to be un­touch­able not play­ers,” said Mour­inho.

Club skip­per Rooney has not started for nearly a month while world record sign­ing Pogba is yet to hit his stride.

Ibrahi­movic has started all of United’s eight Premier League games so far, as have keeper David De Gea, de­fender Eric Bailly and winger An­to­nio Va­len­cia. But even they are not au­to­matic picks, said Mour­inho.

“(At Chelsea) that was 11 years ago. It’s a dif­fer­ent Premier league, dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion, (Chelsea) were the best team by far, that’s a dif­fer­ent story,” Mour­inho said.

How­ever, Mour­inho was full of praise for Ibrahi­movic de­spite the Swede hav­ing scored only once since early Septem­ber.

“It’s quite beau­ti­ful to meet him five or six years later and find the same am­bi­tion, pas­sion and de­sire to play and to com­pete,” Mour­inho said of the man he man­aged at In­ter Mi­lan. “I could not be hap­pier with his in­flu­ence in the dress­ing room.”

Mour­inho also praised Rooney’s re­sponse to be­ing benched say­ing he was help­ing cre­ate a pos­i­tive at­mos­phere in the squad.

“Wayne is work­ing well, he is a good ex­am­ple, so we count on him to start or be on the bench,” Mour­inho said.

/REUTERS

Manch­ester United’s Wayne Rooney at Manch­ester United Train­ing ground on Oc­to­ber 19.

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