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Wayne Rooney has reportedly agreed to be D.C. United’s next coach. Photo: AP

Ailing DC United turn to Wayne Rooney in hopes he can halt club’s slide, former Derby County boss to become new coach

  • Rooney played for the American side between 2018 and 2019 before moving to Derby as a player
  • According to multiple media reports he has been in talks to take the role for weeks

Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has agreed terms to become the manager of Major League Soccer side DC United, multiple media outlets reported.

Rooney, who played for DC United between 2018-19, stepped down as manager of Derby County last month, ending a turbulent 17-month spell during which the English club were marred by financial trouble and relegated to the third tier.

Rooney had been in talks with the US club for weeks, according to the reports, and will replace interim coach Chad Ashton, who took charge after the departure of Hernan Losada in April.

Rooney scores from his own half in MLS for DC United

ESPN reported that Rooney would join up with the club once the final details were worked out and he had received a work visa.

DC United are second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with 17 points from 17 matches. They were thrashed 7-0 by Philadelphia Union in their last game.

Rooney scored 253 goals for Manchester United and won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with the club.

He joined Derby in a player-coach capacity in 2020 before being named manager the following year.