Watch: Mourinho reacts to Rooney injuring John Terry with longer studs

FA Barclays Premiership - Chelsea v Manchester United - Stamford Bridge Chelsea's John Terry lies injured after a challenge from Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (r) - 29 April 2006

Wayne Rooney has revealed his plan was to deliberately ‘hurt’ title rivals Chelsea by changing to ‘longer studs’ in a Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge in 2006. 

Manchester United’s all-time top scorer made the revelation in his new Amazon Prime documentary. The inevitability of Chelsea retaining the league crown in the 2005-06 season was too much for the born-winner to take. 

It was England team-mate John Terry who was the unfortunate Chelsea star to feel the full force of Rooney’s simmering anger. A thunderous tackle left him – England’s star centre-back at the time – stricken on the turf and needing crutches. 

The thought of a player going out to purposely injure one of your players, you suspect would be difficult to stomach for a lot of managers, but Mourinho understands the mindset of Rooney at the time.

“Probably some people will say, ‘Wow, that’s not a very nice thing to do, to feel or to say,” Mourinho said in the documentary.

“But for football people like me we look at it from a different perspective. 

“He’s just a young guy who is upset and frustrated, and who doesn’t accept to lose a title for the second time [in a row], which for me means a lot in relation to the character.” 

Rooney also went on to suffer a broken metatarsal later in the same match – an injury that hampered his World Cup performance later that year. It is believed his choice of studs may have had an impact on this happening. 

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