Wayne Rooney thinks Manchester United need to be patient with their next manager – and the big club says they would ‘love’ one day managing the giants of Old Trafford or Everton.
The 36-year-old is doing a good job under difficult circumstances in his first managerial role, with cash-strapped Derby pushing to stay in the Championship despite an uncertain backdrop and point deductions.
Rooney recently refused to speak to former club Everton about the succession of Rafael Benitez and United will assess their options after Ralf Rangnick’s caretaker term ends this summer.
The Red Devils stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Tuesday and their all-time top scorer believes their path back to the top will require patience with the club’s next permanent manager.
“They’re obviously going through a tough time,” Rooney told the PA news agency.
“In my opinion, what they need – whether it’s Rangnick or whether it’s a new manager at the end of the season – is someone to come in and have time with. Have time to build a team.
“I think the next three years are definitely going to be very difficult to win the Premier League.
“They need to give someone time to build a team and then really fight for the big prizes, which is what a club like Manchester United needs to do.”
When asked if he would like to be United manager one day, Rooney replied: “Of course. Of course I would. I think right now my focus is obviously on county. of Derby and that we are still standing.
“But Manchester United, Everton (are) the two clubs that are very close to me, and I hope that one day in the future, if I can manage one of these two clubs, it would be a great achievement for me. “
The former England star was speaking at the premiere of ‘Rooney’ – the Amazon Prime Video film chronicling his life on and off the pitch, which premieres on Friday.
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Former team-mates, current United squad members and members of the Derby squad were on hand to see the film in central Manchester, where he arrived on the blue carpet with his wife Coleen.
“I think over the past 20 years I feel like I’ve been judged, whether fairly or unfairly, for a lot of the things that I’ve done,” Rooney said.
“On the pitch it’s good. On the pitch which is bad. Off the pitch good and bad.
“I think it gives everyone a real insight into me as a person. Sometimes the struggles you have, be it mentally. I’ve been quite open in terms of alcohol as well.
“I think it will give everyone a real insight into seeing me as a person and hopefully people can really judge me then.”
Rooney laid bare the anger and mental health issues that have plagued his career in a recent interview with PA, admitting he got stupefied on days off to cope.
“Before doing this (movie), I had to really think about whether I wanted to do it or not,” he added.
“I knew if I did, there was no point in me doing it and not talking about difficult situations because that’s part of life.
“It’s been part of the last 20 years that I’ve been involved in and I think it’s a good time to do it because obviously I’ve moved on to this next stage in my life.
“We have four children, I moved on to management, it’s going well. The time now to almost try to put all that behind me and move on with my family life but also my life as a manager.