'United were the one team I wanted': Rooney on Derby's FA Cup draw

‘United were the one team I wanted to draw’: Wayne Rooney tells former team-mate Wes Brown the only side he wanted Derby to get in the FA Cup fifth round was his old club in Manchester

  • Rooney said they were on the bus when the draw was announced and cheered
  • The 34-year-old answered questions from old United team-mate Wes Brown
  • He added: ‘So it’s a challenge but something which we’re all looking forward to’

Wayne Rooney has said the one team he wanted to face in the FA Cup fifth round was his old club Manchester United.

The Derby captain said the Rams were on the bus to a hotel when the draw was announced and they all cheered.

The 34-year-old former England skipper was answering questions from old team-mate Wes Brown for Manchester United TV.

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The 34-year-old ex-England skipper answered questions from old team-mate Wes Brown

Brown, 40, said: ‘So you scored in the fourth round replay, against Northampton and that set up a game against your former team Manchester United.

‘Are you looking forward to that?’

Rooney said: ‘Can’t wait. It was obviously the one team I wanted was Man United when the draw was announced.

‘We were on the coach actually going to the hotel the night before a game when the draw was taking place. There was a cheer when Manchester United come up in the draw.

Striker Rooney and centre back Brown are pictured together playing for Man United in 2007

Rooney said he ‘can’t wait’, adding:’ It’s a challenge but something we’re all looking forward to’

‘But no it’s obviously a great draw for us to have Manchester United come for the fans, it’s a great game to draw a great game to go to and for us as a team it’s a great challenge for us to come up against Manchester United and see if we can beat them.

‘So it’s a challenge but something which we’re all looking forward to.’

His comments come after United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his players to watch out for Rooney at Pride Park because ‘he wants to prove there is still fight in the old dog’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by Wayne Rooney

It will be Rooney’s third game against his old side since leaving Old Trafford in 2017, having lost both Premier League fixtures as an Everton player that season.

But Solskjaer believes his old team-mate will still be a threat despite his age, and joked any goals he scores will be taken off his record 253 for United.

Solskjaer said: ‘He’s a threat in and around the box with set-plays, and in this game Wayne will show what he can do.

Rooney (2nd left) represented Manchester United with distinction – winning five league titles

‘He wants to prove there is still fight in the old dog. We’ve got to be on our toes and don’t give him any space in midfield. He’s got that Scholesy [Paul Scholes] like passing range.

‘Wazza gave absolutely everything for this club. But any goal he scores against us will be chalked off his goals tally!

‘He’s been a fantastic player for Man United and he played here for so long. He’s the club’s top scorer and won so many trophies. I don’t think the fans underrated him, everyone appreciates what he did for us.

‘He’s still welcome, he still comes to Old Trafford and will get a good reception from away fans.’

Solskjaer did not expect former United team-mate Rooney would go down the coaching route

Asked if he could have foreseen Rooney going into coaching, Solskjaer replied: ‘Maybe not. Of course, I left in 2011, so that’s many years ago and he was still young, but I met him a few times and the interest in football, he wants to stay in the game as many of us do.

‘He’s a great, great person, he makes you feel good if you’re 80 or 10. He was my son Noah’s favourite player, not just because what he did as a player but the human being he was in and around the place.

‘When he becomes a manager he’ll affect his players and he knows the game.’

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