WAYNE ROONEY has been backed to emulate former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by ex-Red Devils team-mate Louis Saha.
Wayne Rooney has impressed at Derby in difficult circumstancesCredit: Alamy
Wazza learned from the very best in Sir AlexCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
He told the Mirror: “It’s a hard job for him at Derby but he’s a tough cookie.
“I don’t know him as a manager but what I see in terms of his engagement, he’s class.
“I’ve seen some interviews and some really passionate body language on the touchline. And he’s got a lot of empathy, which is really important.
“This allows you to really see the weakness and strength of a player and then you’re able to decide how to help.”
Saha, 43, has also backed Rooney to go on to ‘bigger’ things.
Louis Saha starred alongside Rooney at Man United for four yearsCredit: AP:Associated Press
He added: “If you don’t have empathy and you just ask someone to do what you require, you don’t move forward.
“That was the main quality of Sir Alex Ferguson, so for that and so many aspects I think Wayne will do great. I think he’s up for great things as a manager.
“No disrespect to Derby but I think when he gets another opportunity with a so-called bigger club, I think he will show great quality because he’s very smart and dedicated.”
Going into today’s clash with Barnsley, the Rams find themselves eight points from safety with 11 games to go.
Rooney was left fuming by his side’s 1-0 defeat at Cardiff in mid-week, blasting the performance of the officials.
He raged: “No-one wants us in the Championship next season.”
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Rooney fumed at the end of his side’s 1-0 loss at CardiffCredit: Getty