How Man Utd could line-up under Wayne Rooney with Derby boss wanting job including keeping Cristiano Ronaldo and Lingard

WAYNE ROONEY may have his hear set on the Manchester United job, but how would he line up the Red Devils if he were in charge?

United's all-time top scorer revealed the only reason he went into coaching was so he could one day be in the Old Trafford hot seat.


Rooney is currently boss at Championship side Derby – and snubbed an interview at boyhood club Everton earlier this season.

He admitted: "The whole reason in me going into management is Manchester United. I got offered the job interview for the Everton job.

"I want to be Manchester United manager. I know I am not ready now but I have to plan everything I do to make sure one day it will happen."

But how would Rooney set up United's misfiring stars?

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Well one man sure to start is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rooney and CR7 spent the best part of five years playing together between 2004 and 2009, beating Chelsea in the Champions League final in 2008.

And with Ronaldo planning to carry on playing until he's into his forties, he would be likely to lead the line for Rooney's Red Devils.

Rooney also played alongside Jesse Lingard before he left United in 2017.

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And he could be the one to help reignite the 29-year-olds stalling career.

The only problem with that is Lingard is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Elsewhere Rooney revealed he harbours hope that Marcus Rashford will go on to break his goalscoring record at Manchester United, which would involve the 24-year-old starting in his side.

Rashford has been linked with a move away from United, but Rooney said: "To get the record and be United’s highest goal scorer is f***ing massive.

"What I hope is that Marcus Rashford f***ing gets his head out of his a*** and goes and breaks that record. He is a Manchester lad."

Apart from reinstating both Lingard and Rashford to the starting side, the spine of Rooney's team would remain similar to how it is now.

But one potential signing to lookout for is 21-year-old left-back Lee Buchanan.

Buchanan plays under Rooney at Derby, and won the club's Young Player of the award last season.

Plus with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles failing to nail down the starting spot, Rooney could put his trust in youth.

Alternatively Rooney could decide to shake things up a bit were he handed the reigns.

Rooney also played alongside Anthony Martial at Old Trafford, and with the Frenchman scheduled to return from his loan spell in the summer, Rooney could decide to employ him as his main man up top.

Especially if Ronaldo decides to call it a day at United for a second time in his career.

Another potential signing Rooney could make from Derby is that of midfielder Louie Sibley.

The 20-year-old is tipped for big things, and has also been capped at various youth levels by England.

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