Wayne Rooney signed on as the new manager of DC United. The same day the club made it public, the Manchester United made his presence known among supporters.

Of course, most of these fans recognize the Englishman’s name, face and illustrious career. After lighting up the Premier League with Manchester United and Everton, Rooney switched to MLS in June 2018. In his 48 games in Major League Soccer, he racked up 23 goals and 15 assists. He finished his inaugural season as an MLS MVP Finalist and reached the MLS Best XI in 2018.

Recently, Rooney resigned from his first coaching job with Derby County. Now, he begins a fresh managerial tenure here in Washington, DC.

Wayne Rooney meets with DC United supporters

Fans braved the pouring rain as Wayne Rooney came out to say a few words of encouragement to the fans. To make it more authentic and grand, local DC sportscaster Dave Johnson introduced the club’s new boss.

To start, Rooney discussed his recent struggles with Derby County. At Derby, he faced the challenge of points deductions for reasons out of his control. With DC United, Rooney acknowledged that he faces a new challenge. In fact, he must be the driving force in turning around a floundering DC United side.

As of his takeover, DC United sit at the bottom of its division, tied for the lowest point total in all of Major League Soccer. Managing the team is a good challenge for him. After all, he is a young manager eager to learn and develop himself as such.

Rooney left by saying that it’s an exciting time for him and the club. He hopes to bring some pride and respect to a team that has lost its way in the past few years. Before he left he took a few pictures with some of the leaders of the local supporter clubs and left with a thunderous applause and cheer to see him off.