Drop Ronaldo And Rashford For Liverpool Tie, Rooney Tells Ten Hag

A file photo combination of Rashford and Ronaldo.

 

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag can boost his hopes of securing his first Premier League point against Liverpool on Monday if he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney writes in the Sunday Times.

United have opened their campaign with embarrassing defeats, Brighton recording their first ever win at Old Trafford followed by a 4-0 whipping by Brentford last weekend.

It leaves them rooted at the bottom of the Premier League for the first time in 30 years.

United host a Liverpool outfit who are also seeking their first win of the campaign following two draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace.

United and England record goalscorer Rooney says his former side requires players who run their hearts out on the pitch and neither Ronaldo nor Rashford provide that.

Ronaldo in his second spell at United has been rumoured to be seeking a move away from the club as he wants to play Champions League football.

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Rashford’s loss of form since playing in the Euro 2020 final last year has seen him lose his place in the England squad and there have been reports of him being linked with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

“I wouldn’t play Cristiano Ronaldo, and I wouldn’t play Marcus Rashford,” said Rooney.

“If I was in Ten Hag’s position my main concern would be getting energy on the pitch, and United’s failure to recruit a No 9 means they relied on Ronaldo against Brentford, even though he hadn’t trained a lot with the team.

“He looked like he needs time to get match fit.”

‘Night And Day’

Rooney — who is now coaching another of his former clubs DC United in the MLS — said United should let Ronaldo leave, as at 37 he is not a player to build a potential title-winning team around.

“He has also let it be known that he wants to leave the club,” said Rooney.

“I don’t know his reasons but, as I wrote in my last column, I’d let him — he’s a great player and will always score goals but the task for Ten Hag is to produce a team that can compete for the title in three or four years’ time.

“That means rebuilding with younger players.”

Rooney says watching Rashford these days is “a real concern.”

“I think he needs to do a lot of soul-searching and figure out what he wants, for his own good, before anything else,” said Rooney.

“He looks like he wants to be anywhere but on a football pitch. I haven’t seen him smile on the field for a long time.

“He’s a lovely kid and a local lad who came through the ranks at United, who everyone wants to see doing well.

“But you look at the difference between Marcus now and when he first came into the team: the passion he showed, the smile on his face when he scored.

“It’s night and day.”

Rooney wonders whether part of the problem is that Rashford is keen to leave.

“There has been speculation about a move to Paris Saint-Germain, and it could be that he is another, like Cristiano, who wants a change of scene.”

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Rooney’s Derby Enter Administration, Deducted 12 Points

File photo:  Brighton’s English goalkeeper David Button (R) reacts after fumbling a save during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on February 16, 2019.
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Wayne Rooney’s Derby County have been deducted 12 points by the English Football League after entering administration on Wednesday.

The second-tier side have taken 10 points from eight games this season but are now rooted at the foot of the Championship, six points adrift of second-bottom Nottingham Forest.

Derby, twice English champions, had signalled their intention to appoint administrators last week, citing a failure to identify new owners and the continued financial impact of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday the club announced it had appointed three managing directors of business advisory firm Quantuma as joint administrators.

“We are in the early stages of assessing the options available to the club and would invite any interested parties to come forward,” said Quantuma managing director and joint administrator Andrew Hosking.

“Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes all its fixtures in the Championship this season and finding interested parties to safeguard the club and its employees.”

The English Football League (EFL) issued a statement confirming that a 12-point penalty had been immediately applied.

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “I appreciate that this is a challenging and concerning period for everyone associated with the club, particularly the staff and supporters, and it is our intention to work proactively with the administrators and all relevant parties with the objective of securing a long-term and viable future for Derby County.”

Derby are already under a transfer embargo with potential for an additional points deduction for previously breaking the EFL’s financial rules.

Former Manchester United and England striker Rooney, in his first managerial role, has vowed to stick with the Midlands club.

“I’ve said a few times I’m committed to this club and to the group of players and the staff,” the 35-year-old said on Saturday. “I care about them, so I’ll keep doing everything I can to help us get through this.”

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Ex-Man United Star Rooney Appointed Derby County Coach

Rooney left Manchester United in 2017. Photo: [email protected] County.

 

Wayne Rooney has ended his illustrious playing career to take up a job as full-time Derby manager, the Championship club announced on Friday.

Derby confirmed the 35-year-old former Manchester United and England forward had agreed to a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager,” Derby County’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce said in a statement on the club’s website.

“Our recent upturn in results under Wayne was married together with some positive performances, notably the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 victory at Birmingham City.

“During that nine-game run we also dramatically improved their defensive record and registered five clean sheets in the process, while in the attacking third we became more effective and ruthless too.

“Those foundations have provided a platform for the club to build on in the second half of the season under Wayne’s guidance.”

 

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had “elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job”.

The former United player himself admitted that he was blown away by the potential in the Derby County side.

“When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club,” he added. “The Stadium, Training Ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.”

 

Kane Will Break My England Goal Record Says Rooney

England’s striker Harry Kane celebrates scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying first round Group A football match between England and Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium in London on September 7, 2019. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Wayne Rooney has tipped Harry Kane to break his England goal-scoring record in the next “two or three years”.

Rooney netted 53 times for England during his glittering career as the former Manchester United striker broke Bobby Charlton’s previous record of 49.

But Rooney, currently playing for American club DC United before a January move to Derby, believes England captain Kane is on course to knock him from first place soon enough.

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The Tottenham forward already has 26 England goals at the age of 26 after his scoring spree in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

“I never take goals for granted, I love scoring them. Once I got to 35 for England, I could feel the record getting close,” Rooney said on his podcast.

“I don’t think it’ll stand for 50 years like Bobby Charlton’s, I think Harry Kane, possibly the next two or three years will (do it). He’s a fantastic goalscorer and his record for England is fantastic.

“When I got the record and then went back for my last game I said it would be an honour to go and present him like Bobby Charlton presented me with the golden boot and I’m sure it won’t be before too long.”

Rooney Excited To See What ‘Fearless’ England Are Capable Of

England’s striker Wayne Rooney attends a press conference during a media day at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, ahead of their international friendly football match against the USA on November 15.
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Wayne Rooney will make his final farewell as England’s greatest ever goalscorer in a friendly against the United States on Thursday but is excited at what a young squad can achieve under “fearless” coach Gareth Southgate in the years to come.

Rooney, 33, made the last of his 119 international appearances midway through England’s World Cup qualifying campaign two years ago.

In contrast to his prime when a “golden generation” disappointed at major tournaments and never made it beyond the quarter-finals, Southgate’s charges surpassed expectations by making it to the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time in 28 years in Russia.

“Fearless,” said Rooney when asked what set Southgate apart from the other five England managers he played under. “Because a lot of the other managers didn’t really give the youth the opportunity to express themselves and come into the team and have an impact.”

Rooney insisted he has no regrets on retiring from international football a year before the World Cup, but admitted even he was surprised at how quickly Southgate’s squad matured into contenders to be world champions.

“I saw over two years ago the talent we had with the young players,” he added. “I believed those players, maybe not in the World Cup but the one after that would be good enough to have a go at it. They proved me wrong by doing so well in this World Cup.”

England carried on the momentum from their World Cup campaign by inflicting Spain’s first competitive defeat on home soil for 15 years in a thrilling 3-2 victory in Seville last month.

Should Luis Enrique’s men fail to bounce back with a victory in Croatia on Thursday, England will have the chance to progress to the inaugural Nations League semi-finals by beating the Croats at Wembley on Sunday.

‘I’m excited’ 

However, the long-term target remains success at Euro 2020 with the extra incentive of the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley.

“Myself along with all you guys (media) are of the opinion the squad is growing, getting better. I’m excited to see them in the next tournament,” added Rooney.

While the former Everton and Manchester United striker brings down the curtain on his England career, Southgate has the chance to test some of those at the end of their international career against the States.

Jadon Sancho, 18, is in line for his first start after starring in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Rooney himself burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004 but admitted he didn’t always enjoy his England career as he should have after that tournament given the burden of expectation to perform he shouldered.

“When you’re in that mode you don’t want to admit there is pressure to perform. I’ve stepped back from that now and can analyze that there was that pressure,” he added.

“Having that makes you try too hard and makes you a bit too anxious, so you don’t enjoy it as much as you should. You play your best football and best performances when you’re enjoying playing and winning.”

And Rooney is confident this generation can succeed where he failed in winning England’s first major trophy since 1966 if they maintain the free spirit they showed in the summer.

“Enjoy it. It’s a huge honor in your career. Probably the best honor you can have,” said when asked to give advice to the current squad.

“It won’t always be good, every tournament or every game, but as long as you keep trying to learn and make sure you’re one of the players who can try and bring a trophy back to England, which is long overdue.”

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Rooney Calls On Man United Players To ‘Stand Up’

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP

Wayne Rooney has called on Manchester United’s players to stand up and be counted, saying that manager Jose Mourinho is an easy target for the club’s troubles.

United battled back from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 at the weekend but are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League, seven points off top spot.

Following the win, Mourinho accused his critics of staging a “manhunt” to get him sacked after a string of bad results and rifts with players including French midfielder Paul Pogba.

But former United captain Rooney, who now plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer (MLS), said the players had to take some responsibility for the situation.

“It’s tough (at United), it has been a tough situation,” he said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season. I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.

“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce, and probably collectively. It (the poor run) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”

Former England forward said the situation at Old Trafford was similar to when Louis van Gaal was at the helm.

“He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors, I said to the players ‘we have to be doing better’. Personally, I think he (Van Gaal) set us up brilliantly but we didn’t produce on the pitch, so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”

Rooney now has nine goals in 16 matches since signing for D.C. United from Everton in June.

The 32-year-old striker has played a part in a late-season surge that has left United two points behind Montreal for the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth with two games in hand.

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Rooney Strikes Twice As DC Down Portland 4-1

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Wayne Rooney scored twice as DC United, fighting for their Major League Soccer playoff lives, beat the Portland Timbers 4-1 on Wednesday.

With MLS still buzzing from the dazzling tackle and pass from Rooney that led to DC’s stoppage-time game-winner over Orlando on Sunday, former England and Manchester United star was again the difference maker.

After Portland took the lead on Samuel Armenteros’ 35th-minute strike, Rooney scored the equalizer shortly before halftime, finding open space to receive a through ball from Yamil Asad and firing a left-footed shot past an on-rushing Jeff Attinella.

Jamaican defender Oniel Fisher put DC United ahead 2-1 in the 47th, and two minutes after bouncing a shot off the crossbar Rooney scored again, blasting a free kick past Attinella.

Darren Mattocks came on for Rooney in the 86th minute and rounded out the scoring in stoppage time.

With the win DC jumped from 11th and last to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, pulling within six points of playoff position.

Rooney Free To Leave, Confirms New Everton Boss Silva

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney and his children make a walkabout on the field after the English Premier League football match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on May 5, 2018. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

New Everton manager Marco Silva made clear on Monday that it will be Wayne Rooney’s decision should he choose to leave his boyhood club for Major League Soccer side DC United.

Rooney, 32, has already held talks with the Washington franchise over a reported $17 million (£13 million or 14.5 million euros) transfer just a year after returning to Goodison Park from Manchester United.

“He has already started his deal (talks),” Silva said as he was unveiled as Everton’s third manager in eight months on Monday.

Rooney is a club legend and we need to understand everything. The door is open every time for him.”

England’s all-time record goalscorer had delayed a decision on his future until the appointment of a new manager.

Rooney was Everton’s top scorer with 11 goals this season even though he fell down the pecking order under Sam Allardyce, who was sacked last month.

“There is a possibility he will leave. He is talking with Washington, it is no secret,” said the club’s director of football, Marcel Brands, who was appointed just last month. “We will also talk with him.”

Allardyce led Everton out of relegation trouble to finish eighth in the Premier League, after a disastrous start to the season, which saw Ronald Koeman sacked in October.

However, the former England manager clashed with Everton fans over his style of football which prioritised results over entertainment.

“It is easy to understand the culture and identity. I know what the fans expect to see every time,” said Silva, who has been handed a third Premier League job after short spells at Hull City and Watford.

The Portuguese coach is under pressure to prove himself as he failed to save Hull from relegation in 2017 and was fired by Watford in January after results declined following initial interest from Everton when Koeman was fired.

“I don’t want to compare nothing,” added Silva. “Now is the moment to prove again, it is a big challenge for us. To win matches you need to create chances and score.”

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DC United Boss Confirms Rooney Interest

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney                                                                          Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

DC United coach Ben Olsen confirmed the club is interested in bringing Wayne Rooney to Major League Soccer, but says the deal “is not done”.

“Certainly the deal is not done, but obviously there’s some interest from our end,” said Olsen, who seemed surprised to be tackled on the topic by celebrity news website TMZ as he walked through an airport.

Rooney has reportedly agreed “in principle” to a $17 million (12.5 million pound) deal with the MLS club that would see the 32-year-old depart Everton, his boyhood club, just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

However, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said Friday that Rooney had not yet asked to leave.

The Washington Post, citing an unnamed source close to DC United, reported that the chances of Rooney coming to the US capital are “50-50” and that no formal agreement had been reached.

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Rooney ‘Hasn’t Asked To Leave’ – Everton

Southampton Welsh manager Mark Hughes                                                 Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce, said Friday Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave the club despite reports he has agreed a “deal in principle” to move to the United States.

Rooney has reportedly agreed a £12.5 million ($17 million) deal with Major League Soccer side DC United that would see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood club just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

But it is understood that he has not yet decided whether he will leave Everton as he is waiting for uncertainty over Allardyce’s position to be resolved.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” said the manager.

“I don’t get involved in transfers but there seems to be an interest from DC United. Only when I speak to him today I’ll find out where the situation lies.

“I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear, Wayne Rooney hasn’t asked to leave.”

Allardyce, who has had a troubled relationship with Everton’s fans, who are unhappy at his style of play, said: “Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion. Whether they can or can’t is another matter.

“The headline isn’t ‘Sam says Wayne Rooney can leave if he wants to’. If any player wants to leave they can go. I don’t want to create the headline.”

Asked whether he was surprised negotiations had already taken place, Allardyce replied: “No, it is not my responsibility anymore to be at that level of negotiations.

“The game has changed massively in the last few years. Those areas of negotiations are taken out of a manager’s hands now.

“In the old days’ managers would be involved in every negotiation and every transfer, that is not the case anymore.”

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Mourinho Faces Injury Crisis In Man Utd Attack

Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku is treated on the pitch after appearing to pick up a head injury. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United to Everton on New Year’s Day in the midst of a major striker crisis as he faces former Old Trafford favourite and club record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

Romelu Lukaku suffered a worrying head injury early in Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Southampton, United’s third successive stalemate and a result which saw them drop below Chelsea and into third place in the Premier League.

But, of arguably greater concern, Mourinho also revealed that veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered a knee injury which will sideline him for at least a month — the problem compounded by reports that he has suffered damage to the same knee in which he tore ligaments at the end of last season.

Lukaku, meanwhile, has been ruled out for at least two games — the visit to Goodison Park and Friday’s FA Cup third-round meeting with Championship side Derby County at Old Trafford.

“It is the same, a massive problem. He is a 37-year-old with a bad knee. Zlatan is one month out,” said Mourinho of the veteran Swede.

The United manager claimed to be happy with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as potential replacements for the pair but refused to be drawn on whether he will now seek to strengthen his attack in next month’s transfer window.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t know. But I’m happy with the players’ attitude, with the players’ desire and I have no complaints about my players.”

– Sickening –

Lukaku was substituted after only eight minutes against Southampton after a sickening clash of heads with Saints defender Wesley Hoedt.

Mourinho was still awaiting detailed medical reports when he spoke with the media and did not confirm whether Lukaku had, indeed, suffered concussion.

However, while the United manager was relieved to reveal that there was no serious injury suffered by the Belgian international, he has already ruled him out of this week’s fixtures.

“I don’t know,” said Mourinho when asked about the extent of Lukaku’s injury.

“I know that normally bad, bad news arrives immediately and bad news didn’t arrive.

“But to leave the pitch the way he did — we don’t think twice to make that decision immediately — is because there is a problem not just for today but the next two matches I would say for sure.”

Premier League rules, brought in at the start of the 2014/15 season under their “return to play” guidelines, mean that a player who has been diagnosed with concussion is not allowed to play for a minimum of six days although medical staff must still clear him to play after that deadline.

Long-term injury victims Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick and Eric Bailly are not expected to be back in time for this week’s matches. Chris Smalling is rated doubtful for the Goodison Park game.

Ashley Young may also be a doubt after he appeared to catch Southampton’s Dusan Tadic with an elbow in the second half at Old Trafford, opening him up to the potential of retrospective Football Association action and suspension if they deem it deliberate.

However, Mourinho refused to criticise his players after another disappointing result, choosing again to blame officiating for his team’s troubles.

United failed with a strong first-half penalty claim for handball by Hoedt and Mourinho believed that was another case of an injustice against his side.

“I know my players, so when I see (Juan) Mata hysterical I could understand immediately, no doubt, and then at half-time I watch it and it’s a penalty — like Rashford’s at Leicester was a pen, like (Ander) Herrera against (Manchester) City,” he said.

“It is unlucky, and I say that without any problem, the referees’ performances in these three matches were good performances, so they were unlucky decisions for us that obviously punished us.”

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Community Service Is ‘Relaxing’, Says Rooney

Rooney Aims To Bring Trophies To EvertonWayne Rooney admits he made a mistake over his drink-driving charge, but the Everton star says his community service in a garden centre is “relaxing”.

Rooney was ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work after admitting being nearly three times the legal limit while at the wheel of a woman’s car.

The former England and Manchester United captain was also banned from driving for two years.

Rooney regrets a mistake he said hurt his children, but he has found redemption in his community service.

“I knew straight away I had made a stupid mistake and I have to move on,” Rooney told TalkSport.

“It is not nice, obviously. I’ve got children and it’s not nice for them to see that and I try and move on and learn from it which I feel I am doing.”

Rooney said he is about halfway through his community service, adding: “I’ve really enjoyed doing it. It’s been working with adults with learning difficulties in a garden centre.

“Especially around this period, this Christmas period, going in and helping them with different things they’re making over Christmas.

“I think it’s a place now where I’ll certainly keep in touch with when obviously my hours are over.

“Seeing what they do, obviously they need support in what they do, there are a lot of adults with learning difficulties who just need a little bit of help and a bit of guidance and someone there to help them.

Asked if he gets any “stick”, Rooney said: “No, not at all. We actually don’t even talk about football in there.

“It’s a refreshing place to go and it’s relaxing, you’re working with people, doing different things which I wouldn’t have done if I didn’t go there, so it’s been great going there.”

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to drink driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court following an incident in the early hours of September 1.

Rooney, a married father of three children, had reportedly left a cocktail bar in Cheshire in a taxi with 29-year-old Laura Simpson and later went on to take the wheel of her vehicle.

Police on mobile patrol stopped Rooney after they noticed a rear tail-light out.

After failing a roadside breath test Rooney was taken to a local police station where he produced a reading of 104 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit in England and Wales being 35 microgrammes.

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