Wayne Rooney not bothered about United Legacy, says he would 'Walk up to Man City' and become Pep Guardiola's assistant

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Wayne Rooney not bothered about United Legacy, says he would 'Walk up to Man City' and become Pep Guardiola's assistant

Stephen Oladehinde 17:10 - 21.02.2024

In an electrifying blend of admiration and aspiration, Wayne Rooney openly declared his willingness to join forces with Pep Guardiola, the architect behind Manchester City's era of dominance.

On the "Stick to Football" podcast by Sky Bet, Rooney, a Manchester United legend, shed light on his profound respect for Guardiola, whose tactical genius has firmly positioned City as a powerhouse in European football since he arrived in 2016.

Guardiola's tenure at City is studded with 12 major trophies, including a historic Treble last term, underscoring his unparalleled influence in the Premier League.

Guardiola's Midas Touch

Guardiola's impact at City extends beyond the trophy cabinet; it's about the transformation he has engendered, turning the Blues into serial winners.

With a potential fourth consecutive Premier League title on the horizon, Guardiola's strategy and vision have led City to the summit of English football, finishing top in five of the past six seasons.

Rooney, who faced defeat against Guardiola's Barcelona in two Champions League finals, expressed a keen interest in learning from the Catalan maestro, indicating a readiness to "walk" to City if called upon.


Arteta's Success: A Leaf Out of Guardiola's Book

The conversation took a turn towards Mikel Arteta, Guardiola's former protégé, who has since etched his own success story at Arsenal.

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney | Imago
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney | Imago

Arteta's tenure as Guardiola's assistant saw him contribute to City's collection of two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and two League Cups.

Now at the helm of Arsenal, Arteta has instigated a remarkable transformation, making the Gunners title contenders once more, a feat Rooney attributes to the learnings from Guardiola.

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Rooney's reflections didn't stop at Arteta's accomplishments; they extended to his managerial journey, from Derby to DC United, and then Birmingham.

Despite facing challenges, Rooney emphasized the importance of having personal principles and ideas, acknowledging Guardiola's evolving tactics as a benchmark for success.

Guardiola, modest in his responses, has always deflected credit, insisting Arteta's achievements are his own.