Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned the team that former striker Wayne Rooney will be trying to prove he still has the magic to dominate and win games when we face Derby County in the FA Cup fifth-round tie on Thursday.
“He’s a threat in and around the box, set plays. He wants to prove there’s still fight in the old dog,” the Norwegian said, as cited by Sky Sports.
“We’ve got to be on our toes. Don’t give him any space, in and around the box or in midfield. When he plays midfield you can see he’s got Scholesy-like passing range.”
The Norwegian also praised Rooney for his impact at the club:
“He’s been a fantastic player for Manchester United,” Solskjaer added. “He played here for so long, he’s the club’s top scorer, he’s won so many trophies.
“I don’t think the fans underrate him. I think everyone really, really appreciates what he did for us. He’s still very welcome, he’s still around the place, he comes to Old Trafford.
“He’ll get a good reception from our away fans in that game, definitely. He gave absolutely everything for this club and we all appreciate that.”
Rooney is the club’s all-time goalscorer with 253 goals during his 13-year career at Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old joined the Championship side in a player-coach role in January and has scored four and set up two goals in all competitions so far.