Wayne Rooney sent off in MLS just days after ‘every f***ing game’ rant at official

22 Aug

Wayne Rooney was shown a straight red card during his latest MLS appearance as his American stint continues on a downward spiral.

The Manchester United legend was given his marching orders in the 24th minute of DC United’s 2-1 defeat to New York Red Bulls after VAR spotted a forearm smash to the face of midfielder Cristian Casseres.

Rooney’s week in MLS has gone from bad to worse
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Rooney’s dismissal comes just three days after he launched a foul-mouthed rant at the fourth official during United’s 1-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.

After being substituted in the 72nd minute, the former England captain marched over to the fourth official and repeatedly shouted ‘every f***ing game’, in an apparent swipe at the standard of refereeing in the American top-flight.

And in the build up to the midweek clash against New York Red Bulls, Rooney was already fuming about United’s travel arrangements for the match.

Rather than the accustomed charter flights he was used to playing in England, the MLS primarily opt for commercial flights – making journeys a lot more hectic and time consuming.

Rooney tweeted: “Gutted about result last night. We deserved more. Looking forward to a 12 hour travel day which could be done in 6 but hey this is mls. We will get ready for red bulls Wednesday. #Charterflights #msl.”

Luckily for the 33-year-old, he won’t have to put up with MLS for much longer after he agreed to join Derby County in January 2020.

Rooney was fuming with the fourth official on Sunday
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The striker will be taking his first steps towards ending his playing career at Pride Park by joining the Championship club as a player-coach.

“The commercial opportunities this creates are widespread and significant,” Rams owner Mel Morris said, as quoted by The Times. “On the back of Wayne joining the club we have just been offered a record-breaking sponsorship deal with 32Red.”

Rooney will wear the the no.32 shirt at Pride Park as part of the deal with the online casino, a move which has received widespread criticism.

Wayne Rooney goes on foul-mouthed rant at MLS official before criticising DC United’s travel plans

19 Aug

Wayne Rooney launched a furious rant at the fourth official during DC United’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps in an apparent swipe at the standard of refereeing in the MLS.

And the Manchester United legend did not stop there, voicing his discontent over DC United’s travel plans on Twitter after the match.

Rooney was fuming with the fourth official
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Rooney will not have to put up with America’s top flight competition for much longer after agreeing to join Derby County in January, but in his first game since the move was announced, he couldn’t help but vent his frustrations.

After being substituted in the 72nd minute of the 1-0 defeat, the former England captain marched over to the fourth official and repeatedly shouted ‘every f***ing time’.

He then took to Twitter after the match to voice his outrage over DC United’s travel arrangements for their upcoming fixture against New York Red Bulls.

Rather than the accustomed charter flights he was used to playing in England, the MLS primarily opt for commercial flights – making journeys a lot more hectic and time consuming.

Rooney tweeted: “Gutted about result last night. We deserved more. Looking forward to a 12 hour travel day which could be done in 6 but hey this is mls. We will get ready for red bulls Wednesday. #Charterflights #msl.”

The Derby-bound striker will be taking his first steps towards ending his playing career at Pride Park by joining the Championship club as a player-coach.

Rooney, 33, will see out the remainder of his contract at DC United
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“The commercial opportunities this creates are widespread and significant,” Rams owner Mel Morris said, as quoted by The Times. “On the back of Wayne joining the club we have just been offered a record-breaking sponsorship deal with 32Red.”

Rooney will wear the the no.32 shirt at Pride Park as part of the deal with the online casino, a move which has received widespread criticism.

Premier League players who could still move in the transfer window, including Mesut Ozil, Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen

14 Aug

The Premier League transfer window closed last Thursday and saw a flurry of activity on deadline day.

Arsenal managed to reinforce their defence with the signings of Kieran Tierney and David Luiz, while Alex Iwobi left the Emirates to join Everton.

Romelu Lukaku got his move to Serie A and immediately usurped Mauro Icardi as Inter Milan’s new no.9, but there was heartache for Tottenham fans as an ambitious move for Paulo Dybala fell through.

Paul Pogba could well leave Manchester United before the end of the transfer window
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And while Premier League clubs can no longer splash the cash to bring in new players, the best of the rest in Europe can still sign players.

In Italy, the Serie A window slams shut on August 23. But the rest of Europe’s top five leagues (the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and LaLiga) can still do business right up until September 2.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed his frustrations with the Premier League for allowing this to happen.

He said: “I think the Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs.

“That is another point to talk about, to argue that we are at a disadvantage to European clubs because they have 20 days more to operate. I think that was a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that – we open the door to different clubs in Europe to try to create confusion within your squad.”

So which clubs could capitalise on the confusion Pochettino is referring to and which players could potentially leave?

Below, talkSPORT.com has looked at six players who could yet make huge moves in the transfer market and quit the Premier League.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Interested Clubs(s): Real Madrid, Juventus

Market Value: £92.5million (according to transfermarkt.com)

Pogba was applauded off by Manchester United fans after the victory over Chelsea
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The France World Cup winner gave a cryptic answer when asked about his Manchester United future in a recent interview.

“Obviously there have been things said, but only time will tell. This question mark remains,” said Pogba.

“However, I am here in Manchester. I enjoy playing with my team-mates and I always want to win every game. I always give it everything.

“I am always good whenever I play football. It is what I love — it’s my job. I give the maximum each time.”

Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur

Interested club(s): Real Madrid, Juventus

Market Value: £92.5million (according to transfermarkt.com)

Eriksen came off the bench to have a huge impact against Aston Villa
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Tottenham are keen for Eriksen to sign a new contract and have reportedly offered him a £200,000-a-week deal.

The playmaker has just one year left on his current contract and they face the prospect of losing him for nothing next summer if he does not sign.

Chairman Daniel Levy could be forced to cash in now to avoid that eventuality, which would be a big blow for Mauricio Pochettino.

Real Madrid have been interested in the past while Juventus are already said to be keen on signing him on a free transfer in 2020.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

Interested clubs(s): DC United, Galatasaray

Market Value: £23million (according to transfermarkt.com)

Mesut Ozil could well be on his way out of the Emirates
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Ozil’s future at Arsenal has been in doubt ever since Unai Emery took charge, with the World Cup winner failing to nail down a regular first team spot under the Spaniard.

Now 30, Ozil is likely to be hitting his peak years but his inconsistency has frustrated fans and managers alike. The off-field incidents which have hindered his season thus far also show no signs of dissipating.

MLS side DC United have reportedly been in contact with the Gunners, while a host of Turkish clubs have maintained an interest.

Given the huge outlay on Nicolas Pepe, getting the former Germany international’s mammoth £350,000-a-week wages off the books would be ideal.

Danny Rose, Tottenham Hotspur

Interested club(s): Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus
Market Value: £23million (according to transfermarkt.com)

Rose was put up for sale by Spurs this summer
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Mauricio Pochettino put the left-back up for sale this summer after 12 years in north London.

A deadline day move to Watford seemed set to happen, with the England international even turning up at the Hornets’ training ground.

Rose is entering the final year of his contract and has suitors from Europe who are clearly fans of his swashbuckling style.

The 29-year-old missed the club’s pre-season tour in order to secure a move away, even though he started the opening Premier League game of the season against Aston Villa.

Dejan Lovren, Liverpool

Interested club(s): Roma

Market Value: £18.5million (according to transfermarkt.com)

Dejan Lovren could be set to leave after five years at Anfield
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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is reportedly in talks over a move to Roma.

The 30-year-old was not included in the squad for the Super Cup match against Chelsea on Wednesday with Liverpool citing illness as the reason for his absence.

However, The Times correspondent Paul Joyce has said the Croatia international wants to leave after understanding he is Jurgen Klopp’s fourth choice defender.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all ahead of him and Lovren, who signed for Liverpool from Southampton in 2014, also failed to make the squad for Friday’s 4-1 win over Norwich.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Chelsea

Interested club(s): Monaco, Galatasaray

Market Value: £32million (according to transfermarkt.com)

Bakayoko’s Chelsea career has been the stuff of nightmares so far
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The Monaco side which raced to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017 may well have been torn apart that same summer, but there were a host of stars who have taken their games to the next level.

Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy have all gone on to have better careers since leaving the principality, but Bakayoko has endured a nightmare since completing a £40m move to Stamford Bridge.

The one-cap France international was shipped out on loan to AC Milan last season and looks set to finally end his nightmare in west London, despite Frank Lampard insisting a host of players would get a second chance under his leadership.

His former side are reportedly keen to take Bakayoko back to Ligue 1, while Super Lig side Galatasaray are also reportedly interested.

Transfer news and football gossip: Paul Pogba will NOT leave Man United, Tottenham star to run down contract, MLS club want Daniel Sturridge

14 Aug

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from today’s papers and online…

Manchester United will NOT entertain any offers for Paul Pogba before the European transfer windows close. (Daily Telegraph)

However, the Red Devils are bracing themselves as they expect Real Madrid to table a last-minute bid for the France midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United may pay some of Alexis Sanchez’s wages if the Chile forward agrees to make a loan move to Roma. (The Sun)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly ready to dump Sanchez in the reserves if he fails to seal a move away this summer – FULL STORY

Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld is ready to run down the last year of his contract so he can leave on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren missed training for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea as he prepares to join Roma. (Daily Telegraph)

MLS side DC United are one of the clubs interested in signing Daniel Sturridge following his release from Liverpool, and have made an offer for the 29-year-old. (ESPN)

Lazio have joined Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina in the race to sign former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to return for former club Monaco, two years after his transfer to London, after the Ligue 1 side opened talks over a loan move for the 24-year-old. (Daily Mail)

Former France defender Adil Rami has been sacked by Marseille, after he missed training to take part in the television game show Fort Boyard – FULL STORY

Newcastle United are in talks over a new contract for 21-year-old midfielder Sean Longstaff after interest from Manchester United. (The Times)

Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona officials met for the first time to discuss a transfer for Brazil forward Neymar, but no agreement was reached after a three-hour discussion. (Le Parisien)

Barca are prepared to offer PSG £93m, plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic, in exchange for Neymar. (ESPN)

Officials from Brazilian club Flamengo have flown to Europe to discuss signing Mario Balotelli from Marseille on a two-year deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

Transfer news and football gossip: Zidane remains coy on Neymar to Real Madrid, Pogba drops bombshell on Manchester United future, Sterling Air Jordan offer

12 Aug

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from today’s papers and online…

Zinedine Zidane insists ‘anything can happen’ with regard to the possibility of Neymar joining Real Madrid this summer. (Independent)

Paul Pogba has sparked fresh speculation over his immediate future at Manchester United, saying after Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea ‘there is always that question mark’ – FULL STORY

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s agents are set to fly to the United States for talks with MLS club DC United. (Daily Express)

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling is reportedly fielding a highly lucrative £100million boot deal offer with Nike Air Jordan. (FULL STORY)

Talks between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain over the transfer of Brazilian superstar Neymar have stalled. The French champions are asking for three players in addition to a fee for the 27-year-old. (Sport)

Barcelona say Brazil winger Philippe Coutinho will NOT leave the club this summer. (Marca)

Paul Pogba has once again hinted he could leave Manchester United
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to sign Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell when the Blues’ transfer ban ends. The 22-year-old is rated at £70m. (The Sun)

Roma still want to sign Liverpool and Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren before the European transfer window shuts on September 2. (Corriere dello Sport)

Liverpool would take £13.9m for Lovren, with AC Milan also interested in his signature. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona will allow Rafinha – who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal – to leave the club this summer with Valencia now favourites to sign the Brazil midfielder. (Sport)

Mesut Ozil did not play in Arsenal’s Premier League opener – could he be off to the MLS?
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Rangers are monitoring the developments of Argentine right-back Leonel Di Placido. (FULL STORY)

Valencia have signed defender Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City on a two-year contract

Paulo Dybala, who was linked with Manchester United and Tottenhamin the summer, may have to leave Juventus or risk being left out of their Champions League squad, says manager Maurizio Sarri. (Daily Mirror)

Jose Mourinho says Manchester City’s B team would win the Premier League ahead of former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea, or Arsenal. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Tottenham and West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli has joined Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht on loan from Monaco. (Anderlecht official website)

Paulo Dybala was close to joining Tottenham ahead of the new season
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Monaco have signed Henry Onyekuru from Everton on a permanent deal

Andros Townsend says ‘it’s massive’ that Wilfried Zaha stayed at Crystal Palace this summer as ‘he has always been the difference’ for the Eagles. (Daily Telegraph)

Romelu Lukaku scored four goals on his debut for Inter Milanin their 8-0 victory over fourth division side Virtus Bergamo. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says it is disappointing VAR, which made its Premier League debut on the opening weekend of this season, is being criticised despite getting decisions correct. (Daily Mail)

DC United planning talks with Mesut Ozil with Arsenal ace in frame to replace Derby-bound Wayne Rooney

7 Aug

DC United are reportedly set to hold talks with Arsenal over a deal for Mesut Ozil as the MLS club begin their search for Wayne Rooney’s replacement.

Rooney will join Derby County in January after seeing out the remainder of the 2019 Major League Soccer season, having agreed an 18-month deal as a player-coach with the Championship club.

Ozil has been eyed up by DC United as a possible replacement for Rooney
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The Washington-based outfit are on the hunt for a big name to replace the former England and Man United star –  and Gunners star Ozil has been identified as a possible contender.

According to The Mirror, representatives from both clubs will meet in Washington next week for the primary stage of discussions over a potential transfer.

However, the German’s astronomical £350,000-a-week salary may prove to be a stumbling block in any proposed move to the United States.

Rooney earns around £85,000-a-week with DC United, so it is far from a straight swap to replace him with Ozil unless the German agrees to a significant pay cut.

Ozil’s current deal with the Gunners runs until 2021 and the MLS side will be looking to recruit him in January when Rooney returns to English football.

The report states Mario Balotelli is also being considered by DC United.

Balotelli, the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker, is currently without a club after being released by Marseille at the end of last season.

Balotelli is also a target for DC United
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The Italian netted eight goals in just 12 appearances for the French side last campaign – and he would be seen as a more direct replacement for Rooney.

However, according to the latest reports Balotelli has held talks with Brazilian side Flamengo.

GloboEsporte claim ‘talks are continuing’ between Flamengo and Balotelli, though they are not at an ‘advanced’ stage yet.


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What can Derby County expect from Wayne Rooney? Former MLS player Liam Ridgewell explains how striker’s role has changed in United States

6 Aug

Wayne Rooney is set to seal a surprise move to Derby County – but the Rams would be getting a different player to the one who left Everton last summer.

Derby owner Mel Morris has confirmed to talkSPORT he is in talks with Rooney over a player-coach role at the Championship side.

The former England, Manchester United and Everton striker is keen to return home after one-and-a-half seasons with Major League Soccer’s DC United.

England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is coming home
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The 33-year-old has starred in the United States, scoring 25 goals and assisting 13 in 46 appearances and also helping DC to last season’s MLS play-offs.

But former MLS player Liam Ridgewell says England’s record goalscorer has taken on a different role since moving to DC.

Ridgewell, who spent five seasons with Portland Timbers and recently signed for League One side Southend United, says signing Rooney would be a ‘massive coup’ for Derby – but he is no longer the striker who scored over 250 goals for Manchester United.

Asked if swapping MLS football for the Championship is a step up or step down for Rooney, the former Premier League defender told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “That depends on the games you’re playing out in America.

“Some games are top end Championship when you’ve got the big crowds and you’re playing against Zlatan Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy.

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“Then you get some other games where you’re not getting the big crowds, because the game is still getting big over there.

“I think the Championship be a great level for him and one he’ll do very well in; he’ll be able to show his qualities.

“He’s been scoring some worldies for DC United, but also speaking to some of the boys out there, he’s still demanding of the other players, making sure the team ticks and still doing his usual stuff.

Rooney has been brilliant for DC United but it is understood he wants to return to England
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“He’s been playing a slightly different role out there. He’s taken a deeper role, trying to mix up the play and work everybody in.

“But he’s still a quality act and it would be a massive coup for Derby to get him if they did.

He’s kept himself fit over there and he can still do a job if they could put him in the number ten role, to get on the ball and make things happen.”

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Wayne Rooney wants Man United return with aim to take coaching role when he retires from playing

4 Aug

Wayne Rooney is reportedly considering a move into coaching at the end of his playing career and wants to return to Manchester United.

The 33-year-old is currently playing with DC United in MLS but is said to already be looking towards the future.

Wayne Rooney is keen to return to Man United as a coach
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He is still under contract with the Washington-based club until 2020 but is weighing up his options.

The Red Devils’ record goalscorer is said to be keen on joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff once he hangs up his boots.

A source told The Sun: “Wayne is already looking to the future and wants to remain in the game.

“He also wants to keep his family together and to do what is best for Coleen and their boys.

“So a job at United would be perfect. Wayne would like to one day move into coaching.

“Long-term, he would love to be a part of what Ole is creating.”

A separate source said: “Wayne is doing his coaching badges but is happy at DC United and has an option to stay beyond his current contract. So nothing will happen for a while.”

Rooney joined DC United in 2018 and has gone on to score 25 goals in 44 games.

Wayne Rooney scores sensational free kick to give Manchester United fans serious nostalgia

3 May

Wayne Rooney may now be plying his trade in MLS, but the former England captain has lost none of his magic touch.

The DC United striker rolled back the years on Friday by scoring a sensational free kick during training.

Rooney prepares to strike the ball during DC United training

With the ball placed on the left hand side of the box, Rooney whipped a delicious curling shot into the far top corner to leave the keeper stranded.

For Manchester United fans, the strike will invoke a certain amount of nostalgia.

Back in 2017 on a cold and wet afternoon in Stoke, Rooney clambered off the bench to rescue a point for his side with an equally vicious free kick.

From almost an identical location, the substitute had moved past Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for the Red Devils as it was his 250th strike.

Rooney scored his 250th Manchester United goal in January 2017
The former England captain scored a near identical goal more than two years later

As it stands, DC are second in the Eastern Conference on goal difference, but level on points with both Montreal Impact and Philadelphia.

Their next game sees them welcome Columbus Crew to Audi Field on Sunday.

Manchester United send scouts to watch Wayne Rooney’s DC United strike partner ahead of potential transfer

9 Apr

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Wayne Rooney’s DC United striker partner ahead of a potential summer move.

Luciano Acosta has struck up a fantastic relationship with the former England captain since his move in 2018.

And the Argentinean attacking midfielder admitted he is flattered by interest from Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta link up yet again

Red Devils scouts watched Acosta at the weekend as DC United were battered 4-0 by LAFC, with Rooney picking up a straight red card for a horror challenge.

The 24-year-old almost moved to Paris Saint-Germain in January, but the Ligue 1 champions pulled out of a deal on deadline day.

As a result, United remain keen on signing the playmaker, who is keen to test himself in Europe.

“I’m obviously happy [United] were here,” Acosta said.

Rooney was sent off at the weekend for a horror challenge

“They came to see me, and obviously I just went out and tried my best.

“Today wasn’t my day, we were up against a great opponent and in reality I’m just sad for the group’s performance today, and mine too.”

After bagging 10 goals and 15 assists, Rooney tipped his strike partner for big things last season.

Although his contract runs out in December, the Red Devils record goal-scorer admitted the sky is the limit for Acosta.

“He needs to keep motivated,’ Rooney told the Washington Post in February.

“He’s a professional player, I’m sure he will.

“He now knows what kind of teams are interested in him. If he continues performing up to his ability, he will get there.

“He’s young and he’s talented, one of the best I’ve played with.”