Sources: Wayne Rooney to become newest DC United head coach

Former Manchester United and D.C. United player Wayne Rooney attends the Europa League final soccer match in Gdansk, Poland, Wednesday May 26, 2021. (Aleksandra Szmigiel, Pool via AP)

Wayne Rooney is returning to D.C. United and this time as the club’s new head coach.

Sources confirmed with WTOP that Rooney has agreed to terms to take up the vacant coaching role. He arrived at Dulles International Airport Sunday evening.

The Daily Mail first reported United’s interest in bringing the former English striker on Friday.

As a player, Rooney energized United on and off the field when he arrived in mid-2018. In 48 matches with D.C., Rooney scored 23 goals and led the club to two playoff appearances.

After the 2019 season, Rooney returned to England to play for Derby County in the English second division. He eventually became the team’s manager, but Derby County, saddled by financial problems, was relegated to England’s League One in the third division.

United fired former head coach Hernan Losada just six matches into this season and the Black and Red have compiled a record of 3-6-3 under interim head coach Chad Ashton.

D.C. United is coming off a 7-0 loss on the road against Philadelphia on Friday and plays Columbus at home Wednesday. It is not clear when Rooney will take over as United’s head coach but more details are expected later in the week.

WTOP’s José Umaña contributed to this report.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Senior Sports Director and morning sports anchor. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989, left in 1992 and returned in 1995. He is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in D.C. In 2008 he won the Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for sports commentaries.

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