Ahead of tonight's FA Cup clash, Wayne Rooney insists he wants his former side Manchester United to lose to his current club Derby County.
United will travel to Pride Park Stadium to face Derby in the fifth round of the FA Cup starting from 10:45 PM EAT. Rooney will captain the hosts and will be keen to upset the former club he played for 13 years between 2004 and 2017.
"Manchester United is a club I love," he told talkSPORT.
"I loved my time there. But for this 90 minutes or 120 minutes, whatever it is, I want them to lose. After the game, I’ll go back to being a fan of theirs. If you’re a Manchester United fan, I’m sure they’d want to hear the same thing from their players who have been at other clubs."
Rooney wants Derby win
"Football is a game where players move on from clubs and obviously I spent a long time at Manchester United. I go back and watch the games. But for this one, I want Derby to win and it doesn’t take away my feelings for Manchester United."
Rooney left United and joined Everton in the 2017/18 season before moving to MLS side DC United. He then signed for Derby in January this year.