Wayne Rooney pulls out of Match of the Day role as Man United legend makes painful announcement

Former Manchester United player Wayne Rooney said on Saturday night that he was unable to make his debut on BBC’s Match of the Day due to an injury.

The former England and United player has dabbled in managing following his retirement from competition. He has had successful stints with Derby County and DC United recently, but he is unemployed at the moment after a turbulent 15-game stint at Birmingham City at the end of 2023.

Many have speculated about Rooney’s future move in his career, and it seems he has chosen to try his hand at punditry for the time being. He has been seen expressing his thoughts in recent weeks as part of Premier League Productions’ coverage of the English premier league.

It seemed he would appear as a guest pundit on tonight’s Match of the Day programme too, during which highlights of United’s draw away to Bournemouth will be analysed. However, he was forced to pull out at the last minute due to “a painful back injury.”

Taking to X at 9:53pm on Saturday night, Rooney posted the message: “Gutted not to be making my debut on the iconic @BBCMOTD show tonight, it’s something I have wanted to do since I was little.

“Unfortunately I have sustained a painful back injury during a holiday with my family but I look forward to being part of the team in the near future. Good luck to @GaryLineker and the guys for tonight’s show and see you soon.

Fellow former professional Lineker, as referenced by Rooney, hosts the show, and was joined by ex-Arsenal man Martin Keown and ex-Man City defender Micah Richards instead.

The official Match of the Day X account replied to Rooney’s initial post, writing: “Looking forward to having you on soon.”

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