Wayne Rooney distances himself from Manchester United return

Wayne Rooney is not expecting to be leaving Derby County anytime soon.

I thought about Wayne Rooney briefly taking over Manchester United last night because I couldn’t sleep due to overthinking. A lot of us couldn’t help but feel gutted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too, a club legend who could only take us so far as manager.

If Rooney was available, I’m sure the club would consider it until the end of the season. It’s not like giving Darren Fletcher the job on an interim basis is a shrewder appointment.

Instead it shows that the club, as we suspected, lack a real plan.

However, former United striker Rooney has distanced himself from early speculation with a return to Old Trafford in a coaching capacity.

He was speaking after Solskjaer’s sacking and appeared saddened by the news.

“Firstly it’s always sad when a manager loses his job, especially a former team-mate of mine,” Rooney told Sky Sports after his side’s shock 3-2 win over Bournemouth, who are flying it in the Championship this season.

“I feel for Ole.

“In terms of myself, I’m committed to this club until I’m told otherwise.

“I’m Derby County manager and I’ll keep working hard to get the best results on the pitch for this team.”

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Derby County have a hefty points deduction and it will take something special from Rooney’s side to escape relationship this season. The result this weekend will certainly help as will hearing he remains committed to the cause, even if United come knocking.

There has been absolutely nothing to suggest Rooney has been or will be offered the United job.

They are not looking in his direction and he is merely a wildcard option. I honestly didn’t think I would be writing about it today.

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