Wayne Rooney hopeful over Rangnick and agrees with Man Utd’s Arsenal approach

Wayne Rooney has given his thoughts on Manchester United's decision to hand Ralf Rangnick the interim job at Old Trafford following the sacking of his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The former England skipper, who is United's record goalscorer with 253 goals, has also given his take on Michael Carrick organising the team for a final time against Arsenal on Thursday evening.

Rooney has been asked of his opinion as he battles on as Derby boss, having been linked to a short-term role before the club confirmed Rangnick's arrival.

Rooney was asked about Rangnick coming in ahead of the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday, having only been cleared to start work on Thursday morning.

Rooney said: "Definitely right call for Michael to take the game and Ralf in charge for Sunday."

Before adding of the new interim manager at his former club: "Hopefully he does very well. Comes with a good pedigree. Hopefully he can have a big influence on the club."

Rooney was asked about the interim role at United back in November following the sacking of Solskjaer, and he reiterated his commitment to his current side.

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He said: "Firstly, it's always sad when a manager loses his job, especially when it's a former teammate of mine.

"I feel for Ole, it's a sad day for him. In terms of myself, I'm committed to this club until I get told otherwise.

"I'm Derby County manager and I work hard to get the best results on the pitch for this team."

Back at United, Carrick detailed earlier this week why he had not yet spoken to Rangnick ahead of his imminent arrival. He said: "No, because of the process and work permit, we haven't been able to.

“So we've carried on It's worked well the last two games and hopefully will tomorrow.

“I haven't really got anything to update you on, other than the work permit process is ongoing as we speak and I'm in this position, as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea, getting the boys ready for the game tomorrow night.”

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