Wayne Rooney has been tipped to become the next permanent Manchester United manager amid the incredible work he has done at Derby County. The Red Devils are yet to settle on a long-term head coach following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking and could turn to former striker Rooney, Darren Bent believes.
Rooney’s cash-strapped Derby are just four points from safety in the Championship despite being deducted 21 points over their off-field turmoil.
The 36-year-old rookie coach has cobbled a squad together mostly made up of academy talents and free transfers.
His exploits have made him one of the most highly-rated bosses in the EFL.
Rooney last month revealed that he had turned down an approach by Everton for an interview before the Toffees appointed his former England team-mate Frank Lampard.
United, another of Rooney’s old clubs, are looking for a permanent boss to take over from interim head coach Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
And Bent believes Rooney, who is United’s all-time top scorer with 253 goals, should be considered for the position.
He told talkSPORT: “If they are looking around and Wayne keeps Derby up and feel he’s the right man for the job, he understands the club, one of the best players in their history, their highest ever goalscorer.
“All young coaches have to start somewhere. Some get the luxury of starting at the very top, some have to work their way up the pyramid.
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Rooney has conceded that he would ‘love’ to manage Everton and United but insists his focus remains on Derby.
“Everton and Manchester United are two clubs in the future that I would love to manage. I would love to go in there and challenge myself,” Rooney said at the premiere of a documentary about his career.
“They’re two great clubs. I said a couple of weeks ago in the press conference, I’m doing a job at Derby and my focus has to be on that.
“Because it’s a day-to-day job that needs all of my attention to get the best out of myself and the players.”
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