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Wayne Rooney responds to links with Manchester United job as he blasts the players


Wayne Rooney is currently battling relegation in the Championship with Derby County (Picture: Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney has been linked with the job of interim manager at Manchester United, and while he insists he is focussed on his current role at Derby County, did have a damning message for the Red Devils players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as United manager on Sunday and there is speculation that an interim boss will be appointed before a new full time manager is brought in at the end of the season.

Rooney, who is currently battling relegation in the Championship with Derby County after their points deduction, has been linked with that role, but batted off the speculation.

‘Listen, firstly it’s always sad when a manager loses their job, especially a former teammate,’ Rooney told Sky Sports.

‘So I feel for Ole, I think the club have made their decision on Ole’s future, so its a sad day for Ole.

Solskjaer finished his Manchester United career in disappointing fashion this weekend (Picture: Getty Images)

‘In terms of myself I’m committed to this club until someone I get told otherwise. I’m Derby County manager, I keep working hard to get the best results on the pitch for this team, I’m committed to this club.’

Rooney was happy to give his opinion on the match that got Solskjaer the sack, though, blasting Manchester United’s players for their performances in the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday.

‘I was so disappointed watching that game yesterday because, as a manager, you can set a team up and work on shape and how you want the team to play, but there’s no excuse for some of those performances from some players,’ said the former United and England star.

‘To see players waving their arms around and giving the ball away but blaming other people was not acceptable. I would be very angry if I saw that from my players.

‘Those players are at one of, if not the biggest, club in the world and should feel privileged to be there.

‘In my opinion, the players have to show more – that doesn’t necessarily mean winning the Premier League or the Champions League, but showing the fans that they are working hard for the club.’


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