Wayne Rooney’s private stance towards taking on the role of interim manager at Manchester United could spell danger for Championship side Derby County.
Man United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a humiliating defeat of Watford by 4-1.
Numerous managers from Europe are being considered for potential successors. The Red Devils expect to appoint an interim manger until a permanent manager is chosen.
That has led to speculation regarding Wayne Rooney, Derby boss and legend of the club, moving to Old Trafford. Sky Sports News reporter DharmeshSheth stated that Rooney was not able to accept the move.
Sheth stated: “Now, you’ve got a situation where Wayne Rooney, even though he wouldn’t say it publicly, we understand he would find it difficult to turn down an interim position at Manchester United.”
Rooney made 393 league appearances for United between 2004 and 2017 on his way to becoming the club’s record goal-scorer.
Even though they are in a difficult financial situation, a return to the club where he spent his prime years would bring back fond memories.
Rooney’s management experience until now involves taking charge of Derby, who are currently bottom of the Championship after being docked 21 points for financial reasons this season.
While relegation appears likely, losing their manager midway through the season could spell doom for the Rams. They bounced back this weekend with a win against Bournemouth.
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Rooney has however spoken out about the links and dismissed reports that United were considering Rooney on an interim basis.
He stated: “I speak to people at Manchester United on a regular basis so I’m sure if they were to come calling it would have already happened.
“I’m committed to Derby County and until someone says ‘you’re not welcome to be the manager here’ I’m here.
“Ole will have been familiar with the demands of managing Manchester United. You could lose your job if you don’t get the results you want. With that Ole has lost his job so that’s not nice.
“I know Ole will have worked very hard every day to get the best out of the team. Unfortunately, it has cost him his job. I’m sad for him.
“I don’t know where they go from here.”