Stark difference between Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp takes on Wayne Rooney incident
Wayne Rooney is fit to play for Manchester United in their crunch clash against Arsenal tomorrow after a knee injury kept him out of England's friendly against Spain.
Quizzed over the photos of Rooney that appeared this week showing the England skipper boozing at a wedding party, Jose Mourinho chose to sit on the fence.
Speaking to the media at his press conference, the United boss attempted to distance himself from the furore surrounding his captain.
"Over the last two or three days nothing happened, he trained like everybody else, he wants to play like everybody else, he's ready.
"What happened in the national team happened in the national team, I don't comment.
"My players when they go there belong to the national team and I don't like to comment.
"Sometimes they come back stronger than when they left us because something good happened there, positive for them, other times injuries, sometimes big injuries, sometimes frustrations because they didn't play or the result was bad.
"In this case, we knew what didn't go well but the national team is a different chapter and is closed now until March."
The former Chelsea manager's take on the matter could not have been much more different to that of Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool boss said that "the legends drank like devils" as he defended Rooney while describing the "magnifying glass" professional footballers live under in this era.
If there's a single incident which epitomises the differing characters of Klopp and Mourinho, it's in how they reacted to Rooney drinking.— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) November 18, 2016
The striker has recovered from the knee injury, reportedly caused by Rooney slipping on a plastic energy-drink bottle in the dressing room, which sidelined him for England's 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday.
In other United injury news, Luke Shaw is also fit to play after sitting out the Red Devils' win against Swansea two weeks ago but Antonio Valencia is unlikely to be ready for action after an operation on a broken arm.
Mourinho refused to comment on the fitness of Chris Smalling before fuming over the pereceived lack of respect his achievements are shown in comparison to Arsene Wenger.