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Wayne Rooney snaps up Manchester United prospect Teden Mengi on loan for Derby County

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Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has plundered his former club for a loan deal (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United teenager Teden Mengi has agreed a loan deal with Derby County, with Wayne Rooney snapping up the defender for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old is very highly rated at Old Trafford and made his senior debut in August last year, coming on against LASK in the Europa League.

However, he is yet to make his Premier League debut and appearances even in the FA Cup and Legaue Cup have not come about, so he is moving on loan to gain first team experience.

Red Devils legend Rooney is in charge at Derby and has used his contacts at his former club to sign the England Under-18s man on a six-month loan, reports the Daily Mail.

The Rams are dealing with a number of outgoings this month amid financial concerns and Mengi is being brought in to plug a gap in the squad.

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Morgan Whittaker, George Evans and Kaide Gordon are all set to depart and Rooney needs numbers to make up for those losses.

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Teden Mengi is very highly rated at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Rooney is picking up momentum in his first job in management, with Derby winning their last three Championship games and moving away from the relegation zone.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke in September of Mengi making a move into the first team more regularly, but it hasn’t happened as yet.

‘We always had that in the back of our minds that our academy will provide players and Teden has definitely impressed me. It’s different trusting defenders on the big stage, of course it is,’ Solskjaer told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘You’ve got to make sure he’s ready for it, you see examples of Ajax, who play in a different league, but Matthijs de Ligt… they made him captain when he was 18. You can see something special in them. Teden’s got something special in him. It’s about picking the right moment to give him a chance.’

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