Rooney makes Man Utd defender his first Derby signing on loan

Samuel Bannister

Derby County have completed the signing of Teden Mengi on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.

It emerged this morning that Derby boss Wayne Rooney could turn to his former club for reinforcements via the loan market.

Mengi is a Man Utd academy graduate who, at the age of 18, is on the lookout for more gametime. Derby will provide him with that for the rest of the season.

The defender becomes Rooney’s first signing as Derby boss, as the United legend looked towards familiar surroundings for a player who can bolster his ranks.

Mengi has been with the United youth set-up for the past two years. He made 15 Premier League 2 appearances last season and has turned out seven times in 2020-2021.

The Manchester-born starlet made his senior debut as a substitute in a Europa League match against LASK in August 2020. He is rated highly by Old Trafford chiefs and looks set for a stellar career.

Now he will be aiming to show what he can do in the Championship.

Mengi explains move

Speaking to Derby’s official club channels, Mengi said the move was a “no brainer”.

“I’m really excited and I’m buzzing to be here,” he told RamsTV.

“When I first heard Derby County were interested, it was a no-brainer for me to be in the Championship against good opponents and to be playing men’s football. I am really happy to be here.

“I think I did well in the Under-23s last season so I think I need a new challenge.

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“I am a fighter with a willingness to defend and a ball-playing centre back and vocal as well. I am ready to kick on and this is a brilliant opportunity for me.”

The defender also confirmed Rooney’s role in the transfer.

“He has been brilliant,” he said. “As soon as I found out Derby were interested, Wayne was on the phone. He was telling me what the club is about and what he wants from me. He has been brilliant with me so far.”

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