Jose Mourinho said he “100 per cent” wants Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United next season.
“Until the end of season, 100 per cent he is with us,” Mourinho said. “Next season, 100 per cent I’d like him to be with us but I don’t give you 100 per cent as always the player is very important. I am the kind of manager who likes his players to be happy.”
“So Wayne Rooney to Everton, I only can say that in the final with the result 2-2 with the team in difficulties, with the team possibly going to play 40 more minutes Rooney was ready to go into the pitch,” Mourinho said.
“So he’s not the player we play in the last minute or to give a gift in the winning final, you trust and are going to play your crucial change which is the last one.
“He’s selected for tomorrow with possibilities to play, start or be on the bench, so since the moment he decided to stay and to help the team and to fight for Manchester United he’s an important player for us.
“I think by giving you these two little big details I’m telling you all the talk about Everton for me makes no sense.”
When asked about Koeman’s comments regarding a summer move for Rooney, Mourinho said: “He said the same for two months about Memphis Depay and then Memphis Depay went to Lyon and they didn’t make any offer for him.”
Mourinho also spoke about United defender Luke Shaw, who many have speculated as another player with a future that may lie away from Old Trafford.
“Luke is working hard, he’s trying to improve,” Mourinho said. “He has improved from a physical point of view by good dedication and specific work.
“Now he needs some opportunities to feel alive, he needs minutes on the pitch to show evolution is not physical but globally because a player is not just a better physical condition.
“Luke Shaw is selected for tomorrow, so you won’t need to have the guys at the Lowry taking pictures of the players, to see which ones are on the list.”