Wednesday 22 November 2017

Rory McIlroy on Mourinho at Man Utd, playing GAA and drinking from the Claret Jug

Rory McIlroy follows the flight of his ball after driving off at the fifth. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy follows the flight of his ball after driving off at the fifth. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Rory McIlroy has backed Jose Mourinho to bring the good times back to Manchester United, while also opening up about his brief flirtation playing GAA in a candid Facebook Q&A.

McIlroy is a big United supporter and he is clearly excited by the prospect of Mourinho breathing fresh life into the Old Trafford club after he succeeded Louis van Gaal as Old Trafford boss.

“I like it, I’m optimistic about Jose and United,” declared McIlroy.

“It will be interesting to see. The signings he has made already seem to be good and there is a lot of optimism among the fans. I’m certainly more optimistic than I was last year, so hopefully good things happen and we can contend for the title.”

McIlroy went on to pay tribute to newly crowned Open champion Henrik Stenson, after his memorable duel with Phil Mickelson ended with the Swede collecting his first major trophy at Royal Troon on Sunday.

“I congratulated Henrik,” continued McIlroy. “What can you say. It was just an unbelievable performance. To shoot 20 under par at an Open Championship, the best someone has ever played, one of the best every performances in major championship history. Amazing.

“As golf fans, we all want a duel like that on the back nine of a major and that was right up there with the best of them.”

The Irishman revealed the first drink he sipped from the famous Claret Jug after he won the British Open back in 2014, while also suggesting he played some GAA before focusing all his sporting attention on golf.

McIlroy and his management team are clearly keen to build his social media profile in the coming years so we can expect more videos like this as they look to build his brand around the world.

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