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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney dreaming big after seeing Jose Mourinho in action

By Mark Ogden in Shanghai

Wayne Rooney has claimed that one day of training under Jose Mourinho has convinced him of Manchester United's ability to challenge for honours this season.

United captain Rooney arrived in Shanghai with his Old Trafford team-mates after returning to pre-season training following an extended break in the wake of England's involvement at Euro 2016.

While the campaign in France ended in humiliation, with England losing to Iceland in the last 16, the 30-year-old insists he is optimistic about United's prospects following Mourinho's arrival as Louis van Gaal's successor.

United face Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in China on a two-game tour before tackling Galatasaray in Gothenburg next week.

But despite spending just one morning on the training ground with the Portuguese, Rooney believes that the former Chelsea manager has already proved his credentials for restoring United to the summit of English football.

"I've only had one day (training with Mourinho) since we came out, but it was a very good day, the training session," Rooney said.

"I think you only have to look at the teams he's been with before, and the success he's had with them, and we're hoping he can bring that to us.

"I'm excited for it. It's a big season for us. The appointment of Mourinho is a big appointment for us and we're all excited by it. We've made some fantastic signings too.

"Hopefully we can have a good start to the season and be successful by the end of it."

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