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Wayne Rooney plans to cut it as a top manager

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has already started planning for life as a manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson has often reported receiving hints from Rooney about his United team selections, advice he usually ignores.

However, it seems the 25-year-old is serious when considering what to do when his own playing days are over.

In an extensive MUTV interview with former United European Cup winner Paddy Crerand, Rooney confirmed he has started to take his coaching badges, and has no fears about beginning a new career on the bottom rung of the ladder.

“I would like to be a manager. That would be my ambition when I finish playing,” said Rooney who will be charging at West Brom in the lunchtime kick-off at the Hawthorns today.

“You see the players who have played for Sir Alex and gone on to be good managers. I am hoping to do that one day.

“But I wouldn't like to follow the manager here, or start at an Everton or Manchester United. I want to learn something about the lower leagues and build a reputation that way rather than just jumping into a big club.

“It is not right if someone goes in and gets a big job with no experience. There are managers who have worked for years trying to get that.”

United are hoping Rooney remains an invaluable member of Ferguson's squad for some time to come given he only recently signed a lucrative five-and-a-half-year contract extension. “I went to see the manager and David Gill (chief executive) and asked them for answers,” he recalled. Now I realise it has nothing to do with me but I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for me to do. I got the answers in the end but looking back it was probably wrong of me to do that.”

Rooney did not commit himself to Old Trafford until after a visit from a hooded gang of around 30 to his plush mansion in Prestbury.

“I looked out and saw 30 blokes with their hoods up. I wasn't going to invite them in for tea,” he recalled. “I understood some of the fans were disappointed and felt let down. But it was just one of those things I had to get right. Thankfully I have sorted it out now. I have made the right decision and made myself happy. But I didn't even think about where I was going to go. There was no way I would have gone to Manchester City and there was more chance of me going to City than Liverpool.”

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