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Wayne Rooney has been appointed as manager of D.C. United, the Major League Soccer club announced on Tuesday.

Rooney, 36, resigned as manager of Derby County last month after suffering relegation from the Championship with the club last season.

Co-chairmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan added in a statement:

He’s already proven in his young coaching career that he knows how to lead a group through adversity.

He has an understanding of our league and what it takes to be successful in Major League Soccer thanks to his two-year stay with us as a player.

The passion he showed while wearing Black-and-Red electrified our city and our club and we are so excited to welcome him back as our head coach.

The former Manchester United striker played 52 matches for D.C. during a two-year spell from 2018/20, scoring 25 goals.

DC United have been without a manager since April, are second bottom of the Eastern Conference and were beaten 7-0 by Philadelphia Union on Friday.

Interim head coach Chad Ashton will remain in charge of the team until Rooney has received his work visa.

By Amara

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