Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ROO IS RED 'Legend

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ROO IS RED 'Legend

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JOSE Mourinho has called Wayne Rooney a 'real legend' as the former United striker prepares to make his Old Trafford return tomorrow.

The Reds' all-time record goalscorer called time on his 13-year United career this summer to re-join his boyhood club Everton.

Mourinho expects the Old Trafford faithful to give the 31-year-old a warm welcome ahead of the match against Ronald Koeman's side, but hopes supporters put that good will on hold during the match.

"I think that he will get the welcome that he deserves," the Portuguese said.

"I think sometimes in this country the word 'legend' comes too easily. That's not his case, he's a real legend of the club.

"The number of appearances, the number of goals, the number of trophies - I think clearly he's one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United. …

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