There is no doubt that Rooney is one of the best strikers to ever grace the English game and forever will be a legend at Manchester United. In his time playing for the Red Devils, he scored 253 goals and racked up a further 146 assists. However, at the age of 33 years old, Rooney is far from in his prime, so his impact won’t be quite as good as it was at United! Despite this, Derby County play in a lower league, where the quality of football is not as high as that of the Premier League and probably more comparable to the MLS where he was performing well.
Rooney has come out ahead of his move stating that he is a “player first” and therefore will focus more of his attention on getting Derby promoted to the Premier League like they almost did under Frank Lampard last season. This may prove to be difficult as
Rooney will join halfway through the season, so his goal of promotion depends on how well Derby do without him in the first half of the season. While at DC United, Rooney’s impact was huge in the MLS, helping them become Play-off contenders in a matter of weeks from being bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table. Therefore, Rooney still has the potential to gain Derby its promotion space as half of the season is still a lot of time.