Wayne Rooney makes feelings clear on leaving Derby to take Man Utd job on interim basis

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat

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Manchester United’s terrible run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally culminated in the Norwegian’s contract being terminated, with the club now on the hunt for an interim manager. Wayne Rooney is one of those being linked with the job but the United legend has distanced himself from the job, claiming he is fully committed to Derby County.

Rooney, 36, joined United as a player aged 18 in a £27million move from Everton in 2004, and went on to break various records at Old Trafford.

Scoring 253 goals in 559 games for United, Rooney became the club’s top scorer ahead of Bobby Charlton.

And alongside that accolade, Rooney also brought five Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two European titles to the red half of Manchester.

Since then, he has gone into management – taking over his first role at Derby last season.

The club were bottom of the Championship upon his arrival as boss, but survived on the final day, improving his reputation as a young English manager.

Solskjaer’s resignation means that there is a gap for an interim manager that Rooney could well fit the bill for.

But having been a team-mate of Solskjaer’s and with a 21-point deduction for Derby almost guaranteeing their relegation to League One this season, Rooney has been tipped to become United’s interim boss.

Rooney felt sympathy for a team-mate he played with for three seasons and was full of praise for Solskjaer but distanced himself from the job.

“It is always sad when a manager loses their job, especially a former team-mate of mine. I feel for Ole,” Rooney said after Derby’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth.

“The club have made their decision on Ole’s future, so it is a sad day for Ole.

“In terms of myself, as I have said I am committed to the club until I get told otherwise.

“Listen, I am Derby County manager. I keep working hard to get the best results on the pitch for this team. As I have said, I am committed to this club.”

Derby are now 15 points adrift of Hull with almost half of the season gone.

And with the Championship usually requiring around 50 points to stay up, Derby will have to produce title-winning form to stay up.

Rooney will be hopeful of lifting Derby back up to the second division next season, which may be why he isn’t interested in a temporary United job.

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