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Man Utd Boss On Going Up Against Rooney

With Manchester United set to face Derby County in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Thursday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed his team's plans to deal with club legend Wayne Rooney.

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The Red Devils will make the trip to Derby's Pride Park Stadium to take on Phillip Cocu's men on Thursday, and will look to keep their hopes of winning a trophy this season alive.

It will be Rooney’s second appearance against United since his exit from Old Trafford in 2017, and Solskjaer has now highlighted some areas in which he believes the ex-England international can hurt his team.

"He (Rooney) gave absolutely everything for this club, and we all appreciate that," the Norwegian tactician said, according to France24.

"But any goal he scores against us will be chalked off his goal tally. He doesn't want to score too many of them.

"He's a threat, in and around the box, set plays, and, of course, this game Wayne will show what he can do and he wants to prove that there's still fight in an old dog.

"We've got to be on our toes, don't give him any space in and around the box or in midfield."

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With Rooney having represented United from 2004 until 2017, playing 559 matches for the club, Solskjaer also stated that he does not subscribe to the sentiment that the striker was underappreciated at Old Trafford.

"He's been a fantastic player for Man United and he played here for so long, he's the club's top scorer, he's won so many trophies," he continued.

"For me, I don't think the fans underrated him. I think everyone really, really appreciates what he did for us.

"He's still very welcome, he's still around the place, he still comes to Old Trafford. He will get a good reception from our away fans in that game, definitely."

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Rooney is United's record goalscorer with 253 strikes, and also assisted a further 146 strikes during his time in Manchester.

Are you excited to see Rooney go up against United again? Let us know in the comments section below.


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