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Rooney: Success around the corner for Man Utd under Mourinho

Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney (left) with boss Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney believes success is just around the corner thanks to Jose Mourinho's growing impact at Manchester United.

The end of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign brought instability and struggles at a club synonymous with the opposite. United only qualified once for the Champions League during David Moyes and Louis van Gaal's indifferent three years at the helm, but things appear to be improving under Mourinho.

"I think that's part of football," United club captain Rooney said of the managerial changes of recent years.

"Obviously Manchester have had the stability of Sir Alex over the 26 years before, and I think over the last three or four years what they've been doing is trying to find the right one. And I believe they've found him.

"Just working every day and seeing how he wants to work, how he is setting the team up. There's successes around the corner."

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Zlatan praises 'complete' Man Utd team-mate Rooney

Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot understand why record-breaking Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney is so unappreciated and undervalued.

On Saturday the 31-year-old broke Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time United scoring record in sumptuous fashion, bending home an exceptional free-kick to secure a last-gasp 1-1 draw at Stoke.

"He's a complete player," the Swede said. "Off the field he's a real leader and on the field he's just complete.

"He helps his team-mates well and has that big quality - he knows how to score goals, knows how to assist.

"But he works very hard, he's got a good attitude and spirit.

"Everybody knows what Wayne is. But this country has to appreciate him.

"I don't see any other strikers like him today. Give me some names. Tell me. And still you're not happy."

Wayne Rooney proud to equal Sir Bobby Charlton scoring record for Man Utd

Wayne Rooney takes the plaudits at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney has already set his sights on becoming Manchester United's outright top goalscorer after equalling the record in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over Reading.

The 31-year-old striker joined Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 club goals with his seventh-minute opener in the third round tie against the Royals.

Anthony Martial slotted his sixth goal of the season into the bottom right corner to double the lead eight minutes later before Marcus Rashford's second-half brace sealed a comfortable victory.

Rooney told BT Sport: "It's a proud moment to do so at such a massive club like Manchester United.

"I'm hugely honoured to be able to play for this football club but to be up there in terms of goals with Sir Bobby, it's a really proud moment for me and hopefully I'll be out there on my own soon. But I'll enjoy today because it's a real honour."

Rooney equals Charlton Man Utd scoring record

Wayne Rooney celebrates his opening goal against Reading. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney has equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time Manchester United scoring record after notching his 249th goal in the FA Cup tie with Reading at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old scored in the seventh minute of his 543rd United appearance to move alongside Charlton having played 215 fewer games than the England great.

Rooney, who joined United from Everton in 2004 and scored a Champions League hat-trick on his debut against Fenerbahce, turned home a fortuitous volley from Juan Mata's cross after Anthony Martial had burst into the box.

The United skipper greeted the landmark with a small fist pump while the PA announcer mentioned his landmark strike to the crowd.

Both Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager who brought Rooney to Old Trafford 13 years earlier, were seen smiling inside the ground after the strike.

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