Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd stars have mixed results as bosses before Rooney job

Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has inspired several players to go into management.

From Steve Bruce all the way to Ryan Giggs, the legendary Scot has proved to be a benchmark for all connected with United – but unsurprisingly none have yet matched his mammoth achievements.

With the news that Wayne Rooney will be part of the team to take charge of Derby County following the departure of Phillip Cocu, Ferguson’s skills will once again be used by a new boss.

Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at his most notable connections, and who has done the best.

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce made 414 appearances for United between 1987 and 1996, winning nine major trophies.

Although his managerial career hasn’t been quite so glittering, he is currently in his dream position of Newcastle United manager having won promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham and Hull.

Paul Ince

Paul Ince played 281 times for United between 1989 and 1995, and has had six jobs in management.

Spells at Macclesfield Town and a League Two title with MK Dons earned a move to Blackburn Rovers, but Ince has decided to stay away from a top job since leaving Blackpool back in 2014.

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes played for United between 1980 and 1986, scoring 166 goals in 352 games before joining Chelsea.

The former striker has had spells with Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham with differing levels of success, and has been out of the job since leaving Southampton in December of 2018.

Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc spent the final two years of his playing career at Old Trafford back in the early 2000s, and went on to be a very successful manager in his own right.

The Frenchman managed his national side to the semi-finals of Euro 2012 after winning a double with Bordeaux, and has been out of the dugout since his eight trophies with PSG between 2013 and 2016.

Roy Keane

Roy Keane had a famous falling out with Sir Alex when he left United after 12 years back in 2003, and has struggled to make his mark after transitioning from a player to a manager.

The Irishman won promotion with Sunderland back in 2007, but was left go two years later before a difficult spell with Ipswich. Assistant jobs have followed with Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial career needs little introduction thanks to his appointment at Old Trafford following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Norwegian had a fine first spell at Molde but didn’t do as well on his return after being sacked by Cardiff.

The jury is still out on Solskjaer back at United, but he has led them back to the Champions League.

Phil Neville

Part of the famous Class of 92, Phil Neville remains in his first managerial role with England Women.

After a fine start to life in the role including fourth place at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, results have not been so postive of late, with Sarina Wiegman already signed up to take over in 2021.

Gary Neville

The older Neville brother has had one spell as a manager up to now, and it was a pretty disastrous period with Valencia between 2015 and 2016.

Although he left with 10 wins and 11 defeats, their poor league return left the position untenable.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes was in charge of Oldham Athletic for just five games earlier this year after a disagreement with the chairman, and was recently placed in the caretaker role at Salford City.

Former team-mate Richie Wellens has now taken over, with Scholes back in his role as part owner.

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs took over as Wales boss earlier this year, and has overseen 12 wins from 24 matches.

The Dragons have also qualified for Euro 2020, but their boss was absent for their recent draw.

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