Manchester United legend Rooney takes charge of new club and calls on old friends
Wayne in the US needs the players rejected by ten Hag.
Wayne Rooney has returned to DC United. The ex-football player of Manchester United headed the American club, where he spent two years of his playing career. Then Rooney played 52 matches for the black and red, scored 25 goals and 14 assists. But most importantly, he was the leader of the team, he scored cool free throws and was remembered for an amazing episode. It is not surprising that the club’s management invited him again.
Wayne is a football legend. He is one of the most interesting and promising specialists in our sport. He has already proven that he knows how to lead a team through difficulties. He knows our league and what it takes to be successful here,” DC United co-chairs Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan said in a statement.
It was no coincidence that they said about the difficulties – since November 2020, the 36-year-old specialist has headed Derby County.
Rooney first held the position temporarily, and after several successes, he was approved in it. Under his leadership, the team flew out of the Championship, taking the penultimate place in the standings. But it is important that during the 2021/2022 season, Derby experienced serious financial problems, and 21 points were removed from the club for violating the regulations and for introducing an external administration. Derby Rooney scored 34 points, and the surviving Reading 41. So without sanctions, the club would have retained a place in the Championship.
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“I saw several articles in the English media saying that this might be a step back in my coaching career. I find this a bit disrespectful to MLS. I feel that the experience I had at Derby County was very helpful for my development as a manager. Coming back to DC United is an exciting challenge for me. Here I can develop as a coach and also help the team to improve.”
In Washington, where the club is based, Rooney wants to surround himself with “his” players. Already, DC United has eight players with whom Wayne played in 2019. They may be joined by Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, as reported by The Athletic and Daily Star, respectively. After 19 rounds, DC United is in last place in the Eastern Conference. The Washington club has 15 games left in the regular season. Only nine points separate the team from the playoff zone – it is quite possible to win back such a gap.
As for Lingard and Jones, Rooney played with them for several years at Manchester United and won the Europa League in the 2016/2017 season. Signing both DC United players will be difficult. Despite the fact that negotiations between Lingard and the Washington club are already underway, several other MLS clubs and West Ham also apply for him.
Wayne Rooney with Jesse Lingard
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Phil Jones, who recently named Rooney to the list of the best players in the history of Manchester United, has few options for continuing his career. The defender has not played much in recent years. He has an active contract with Manchester United, so in order to become a DC United player, it looks like he will either need to end his agreement with the club, which runs until the summer of 2023, or negotiate a transfer/loan. But in Manchester they do not count on a central defender – he was not taken on a pre-season tour.
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This year, DC United’s rivals have been strengthened by stars: Los Angeles acquired Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, LA Galaxy acquired Douglas Costa, Chicago Fire acquired Xherdan Shaqiri, and Federico Bernardeschi became a Toronto player. “. Named players are needed and Rooney. Lingard and Jones fit perfectly.