Rooney returns to Old Trafford as a club great and will likely receive a very good reception on Sunday afternoon.
"I think that was the way". I don't see another reason.
"And football needs kids, simple kids, who just enjoy what they're doing".
Manchester United warmed up for the visit of Everton with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Swiss outfit Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The 24-year-old's missed transfer almost caused a crisis at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte reportedly very frustrated at the Pensioners' failure to land Lukaku.
'We paid what Everton asked for. When you speak about economic power, it is not just to buy but to keep players and say, "No, we don't sell".
"I don't think it was my influence". I think that we paid the money that Everton asked for and we paid the player the wages that his agent asked for and we paid the agents the commission that they asked for.
Everton chose to allow their top scorer to leave, but could have easily dug in their heels, as Liverpool did with Philippe Coutinho and Southampton with Virgil van Dijk.
"It's not just about the striker", Mourinho said. It means that every club is potentially strong.
With Rooney playing significantly less last season, it was clear that Mourinho no longer considered his captain one of the team's most important players on the pitch, although there's no doubt that Rooney's off-the-pitch qualities are missed.
"And with more teams outside that group of six or seven who have conditions to give you hard matches and to take points off you".