Wayne Rooney dismisses himself as Manchester United manager following the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the Derby boss expresses his ‘sadness’ over the firing of his former teammate and says the players should share the fault.
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has distanced himself from the vacant Old Trafford coaching position following the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United have begun their search for an interim coach to guide them until the end of the season, when a permanent replacement for Solskjaer is likely to be appointed.
Michael Carrick, who was on Solskjaer’s coaching staff, will take over as caretaker for upcoming games.
Wayne Rooney has ruled himself out as manager at Manchester United following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
Rooney expressed his ‘sadness’, former Man United strike partner Solskjaer has lost his job
But Rooney, who runs the championship Derby County, has ruled out any chance of returning to United as manager.
“First of all, it’s always sad when a coach loses his job, especially a former teammate of mine,” Rooney told Sky Sports after his team’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
I feel sorry for Ole. As for me, I am committed to this club until they tell me otherwise.
“I am the manager of Derby County and I will continue to work hard to get the best results and to pitch for this team.”
Rooney added that United players must bear the blame for Solskjaer’s firing.
He said: ‘I was very disappointed to see that match yesterday because as a coach you can build a team and work on the form and how you want the team to play, but there is no excuse for some of those performances by some players.
“Seeing the players waving their arms and giving the ball away but blaming other people was not acceptable.
“ I would be very angry if I saw it from my players. Those players are in one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest, and they should feel privileged to be there.
“In my opinion, the players have to show more, that does not necessarily mean winning the Premier League or the Champions League, but showing the fans that they are working hard for the club.”
First team coach Michael Carrick (center) will replace Solskjaer for the next few games before the club appoints an interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Rooney’s Derby advanced to zero points with his surprise win over second-placed Bournemouth following his cumulative 21-point deduction by the EFL this season.
When news broke last week of an additional nine-point deduction for accounting rule violations, Rooney vowed to lead the Rams in League One if they suffered relegation.
“If we end up in League One next season, which of course is a possibility, I am more than ready to help us get out of that league,” he said.
Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers and PSG player Mauricio Pochettino are among bookmaker favorites to become United’s next permanent manager.
Carrick, whose odds have also been drastically reduced, takes over the team for their Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday night.