“Rooney hasn’t got the mentality of a centre midfield player to go up against the likes of Didi or myself. We would simply overrun him.”
And with the debate raging over Rooney’s best position for club and country, Hamann warned unless he starts to have a greater influence further up the park then he could find himself warming the bench for United.
“If anybody has the balls to drop Rooney, it will be Mourinho.,” said Hamann. “If Jose feels that somebody else does a better job in that position, the gaffer won’t hesitate.
“He said he won’t play Rooney in centre midfield, which is absolutely right.
“He’s played as a centre forward all his life, so if he can’t do a job there anymore I don’t see any other position for him at Manchester United – or England for that matter.”