Wayne Rooney is relishing the prospect of managing against Manchester United after the Red Devils confirmed a pre-season friendly against Derby County.
United are set to play Rooney’s Derby for the first game of their pre-season schedule.
Solskjaer’s charges are set to clash with the Rams away from home on the 18th of July and club legend Rooney will be in the opposite dugout, having taken charge at Derby last year on a permanent basis after initially being used in a player-manager role at the Championship club.
Derby narrowly avoided relegation last season when they drew 3-3 with Sheffield Wednesday on the last day of the season.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Rooney said it will be a ‘mouth-watering’ pre-season fixture between Derby and his former side.
“I’m really pleased with our pre-season plans ahead of the new season,” said Rooney.
“The game against United, a club I have a long and proud affiliation and history with, at Pride Park Stadium is a mouth-watering prospect and an excellent opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best teams in both England and Europe.
“In addition, we have some other challenging friendly matches and they will provide a variety of important tests for us in the lead-up to the season getting started.”
Both manages have legendary status at Old Trafford. Rooney stayed for 13 years at the club and scored 183 league goals in 393 appearances while Solskjaer scored 91 goals in 235 appearances. They won numerous trophies together, most notably the 2006/07 league title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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