Wayne Rooney arrives in US ahead of return to management

Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney has agreed terms with DC United in the MLS to become its manager, reuniting him with the American outfit for which he played in 2018 and 2019.

According to The Washington Post, Rooney arrived at Dulles International Airport on Sunday night, and he is set to start a new chapter in his coaching career, after recently walking away from the Derby County job.

Rooney spent two full seasons in the MLS for DC United, racking up 25 goals in 52 appearances.

The report also states that the two parties involved in the deal are expected to finalise a multi-year deal worth at least $1 million annually, so he will be well paid to lead the way at DC United.

Rooney left Pride Park just days before a takeover was finally secured, insisting the club needed to be led by someone else, who had not been tested by a period of turmoil with the club in dire need of financial aid.

Announcing his decision to leave Derby last month, Rooney said: “Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County.

“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge. Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months.

“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”

The former England international departs the UK with his stock high and this is an opportunity to learn new experiences from coaching players across the pond.

We wish Rooney the best with the his job at DC United.

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