Following the departure of former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney to his boyhood club Everton, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he was emotional to see his captain leave.
Rooney spent thirteen years at Old Trafford but took the decision to return to Goodison Park after seeing his first team involment limited in the 2016/2017 season.
"I miss him a lot, I miss the guy a lot, I think he's a fantastic guy," Mourinho told The Telegraph.
"I'm not the kind of guy that gets normally emotional in my job and I did it with him when he left, but I am sure that he's going to be very good for Everton, and Everton is going to be very good for him.
"Wayne was a very positive influence. We cannot say we are going to improve the group because Wayne left. No way, or the other way around.
"He was such an important guy and a good guy for us. I just think it is a new period without that face, without that leader, without that good influence on us."
Rooney signed a two-year contract at his former club and Mourinho further told The Telegraph the striker deserved to make the choice that makes him happy.
"It was not difficult because he deserves that it's not difficult.
"He deserves what he got and what he got was our desire for him to stay and our respect by letting it be completely clear that we would like him to stay.
"And at the same time the respect that allows him to be happy, allow him to try to play every game, every minute which honestly I think he needs.
"At his age I think with his genetic, with his body he's not the kind of – I think with his personality too, I don't think he's the kind of player to be less motivated, not so happy because he's not playing every minute."
Rooney scored on his first game for Everton in his second stint in a 2-1 pre season friendly win against Kenyan side Gor Mahia on July 13.
The goal was a long range strike that drew comparison with his English Premier League debut goal for the Merseyside club against Arsenal in 2002.