How DC United could line up under Rooney with Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison
WAYNE ROONEY could look to bring his former Manchester United team-mates Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison with him to DC United.
The 36-year-old is understood to have agreed a $1million-a-year contract to take charge of the MLS side.
Rooney has been out of a job since stepping down as Derby’s gaffer last month following their relegation to League One.
But he is set for a swift return to management, with the Red Devils icon already in America ahead of the official announcement.
It marks a return to Washington where he spent two years at between 2018-2020 as a player.
Attention will now turn to who could follow Rooney to the MLS, with DC having two designated player roles to fill.
SunSport recently reported how Lingard could be on his way to the MLS with multiple clubs looking to snap him up.
The 29-year-old is a free agent following his release by Manchester United.
He has been linked with Premier League sides West Ham, Newcastle, and Everton, but he could be tempted to link up with Rooney.
And he could be joined by fellow United team-mate and academy graduate Morrison, who is also currently unemployed.
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Morrison was signed by Rooney for Derby last year, with the attacking midfielder featuring in 38 games in all competitions.
It was the most amount of games the 29-year-old has ever managed in a single campaign, with the ex-Hammers ace chipping in with five goals and four assists.
And having tested himself in Italy, Mexico, Sweden and Holland, Morrison could look to challenge himself in yet another country.
Here SunSport takes a look at how DC United could line-up under Rooney in their usual 3-4-2-1 formation.
Rafael Romo will keep his spot between the sticks having only signed for the Audi Field outfit.
Centre-backs Donovan Pines, Steve Birnbaum and Brendan Hines-Ike will likely retain their starting spot.
Versatile Julian Gressel will slot in down the right channel, with Sami Guediri to be deployed on the opposite flank.
A central midfield pairing will likely see Drew Skundrich partner Chris Durkin in the middle of the pitch.
Lingard and Morrison would then feature in an advanced position behind top scorer Taxiarchis Fountas, who has nine goals from 11 matches in 2022 so far.