Wayne Rooney rejected the opportunity to return to Manchester United as part of Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff.
The United hierarchy, after finalising the appointment of the Dutch tactician, are working on completing his backroom staff.
Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag is the incoming manager’s preferred No 2 for the United rebuild. He has reportedly been offered the managerial role by the Eredivisie club, but prefers to join Ten Hag instead.
United are also in talks with Steve McClaren after Ten Hag asked the club to appoint the Englishman as one of his assistants. There’s interest in Robin van Persie as well, but there are concerns he will not able to secure a UK work permit.
Now, it has emerged Van Persie’s ex strike partner Rooney was ‘informally proposed’ as a possibility for the coaching staff. However, as per The Athletic, the Derby County boss made it clear he would only leave his position at Pride Park for a No 1 job.
A 21-point deduction proved too much to overcome for Derby, and they were relegated from the Championship after a 1-0 defeat at QPR. Nevertheless, Rooney’s reputation has not been dented due to the way his side fought throughout the season.
At Carrington, Ten Hag would’ve benefitted from the United legend’s presence, but his desire to wait for the main role is understandable.
Further, Rooney believes the situation at his former club isn’t going to ‘change overnight’, and has asked the fans to be patient with the new manager.