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Legend Roy Keane blasts 'irritating' Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

By John Thompson

Roy Keane has branded new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho "really irritating" after the Portuguese was named as Louis van Gaal's successor last week.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager admitted Mourinho's winning mentality will help his former club as he prepares for the European Championship in France this summer.

Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, hailed the former Porto, Internazionale, Real Madrid and two-time Chelsea manager as "quite simply the best in the game today" but former midfielder Keane has his reservations.

"He is not my cup of tea," Keane told ITV Sport. "I found him really irritating when I coached against him, but that is just a personal thing. Working at Manchester United is all about winning and his CV will tell you he is a winner."

Meanwhile, teenage sensation Marcus Rashford and full-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are set to sign new, improved long-term contracts.

The dynamic pair rose to prominence under recently-ousted manager Louis van Gaal with Rashford continuing his remarkable progression by scoring after just two minutes on his England debut in a 2-1 victory against Australia on Friday night.

The 18-year-old United striker became England's youngest debutant goal-scorer in the process, breaking Tommy Lawton's 78-year record at the Stadium of Light.

Sol Campbell believes England cannot afford to start John Stones at Euro 2016 as the defender makes too many mistakes.

The 22-year-old was one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this time last year but his stock has fallen slightly after a difficult season for Everton.

Stones is a talented reader of the game, but costly errors have left a question mark over his readiness to play at the highest level.

Chris Smalling is expected to take one of the spots in central defence but Roy Hodgson must decide whether to partner the Manchester United man with either Stones or the more experienced Gary Cahill.

Campbell, who played 71 times for England and was named in the FIFA team of the tournament after the 2002 World Cup, has no doubts whom he would pick.

"If you keep making mistakes at international level, you're going to suffer because one mistake in a tournament and you can be out," Campbell said.

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