‘I would love to manage him’ – Wayne Rooney hails Manchester United transfer target

'I would love to manage him' - Wayne Rooney hails Manchester United transfer target

Former England forward Wayne Rooney confesses that he wouldn’t mind to manage Jack Grealish, who is a summer transfer target for Manchester United.

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge admirer of the England forward and showed strong interest in the player last summer.

Several reports claimed that Grealish would have been a Manchester United player if Aston Villa hadn’t escaped relegation last two seasons.

Despite signing a new deal with Villa, Man United remain interested in the attacking midfielder and believe his qualities would take the club forward.

The 25-year-old has not only impressed at Villa Park this year but also replicated his top form with England and won the man of the match award after helping the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 in a friendly match.

Wayne Rooney would love to manage Jack Grealish
Wayne Rooney would love to manage Jack Grealish (Photo: The Athletic)
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Just as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and other managers would love to manage Grealish, Rooney, manager at Derby County, admits he would do the same too.

Wayne Rooney told The Times: ‘I’d love to manage Jack Grealish and if I did, I’d encourage him to express himself, to not be afraid of mistakes or giving the ball away, especially in the final third.

‘I’d also loved to have played with Jack. I was a player who studied defenders and when Jack takes the ball and draws them out of position, I would have been looking to exploit the spaces they left.’

Rooney, who is currently Manchester United and England record top goalscorer, has explained what makes the Aston Villa skipper special and why he is a better player than Phil Foden.

Wayne Rooney rates Jack Grealish ahead of Phil Foden
Wayne Rooney rates Jack Grealish ahead of Phil Foden (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

‘If you’re looking for someone to open a team up with a bit of magic then Grealish is the one who can do it for Gareth Southgate’s side.

‘He attracts defenders, draws fouls and wins free kicks in dangerous areas. He creates chances and scores goals too.

‘Foden is a top player, a footballer who – as you see at Manchester City – will link play up, pass and move and can dribble too.

‘But it’s Grealish who commits defenders more, dragging them out of position, which will create space for other players.’