The loaned Man Utd youngster has worked with the championship under Old Trafford legend Rooney.
Get the latest United updates, get news and analysis straight to your inbox for free every day. p> Teden Mengi admitted he loves the experience of working under a Manchester United legend in Wayne Rooney at Derby.
The 18-year-old United youngster joined the Rams on January deadline to play until To sign a loan agreement at the end of the season. He said connecting with Rooney was a breeze when he heard the derby manager – and the former Old Trafford icon – was dying to sign him.
Mengi recently entered the derby Team and was the man of the game in the goalless draw against Barnsley earlier this month.
He also signed a contract extension for United this week that kept him with his parents’ club until June 2024.
« I’m really enjoying it at Derby, » he told United internal media about his loan spell. « It’s a different environment with a big group of guys and a great manager in Wayne Rooney who is a legend of this club. »
« I think the connection between me and him is coming and he has shown confidence in me . He gave me a chance and I think I received it well. It’s good to play regularly in the championship, at a difficult level. I think I’m doing fine and I’m very happy with it.
« I knew it would be a step further than I was used to playing U23 football. It’s good, but not championship football, so of course I had to prepare myself mentally for it. I think physically I’ll come and benefit from it to play in this league.
« I really spoke to most of the guys when it came to making a decision and they said it would be good for me to have a different type of experience because I obviously played in the Premier League 2 u nd i think i did well. So I needed the next step and a new challenge. I think it all came together at the right time for me.
“The move was actually done pretty quickly. It was near the end of the deadline, a deadline I think, and Wayne just called me and said what it’s like like he’s interested in taking me to Derby. I immediately said « yes ». For me it was a piece of cake. That’s how it came about.
“With Wayne, of course, he demands a high level from us. He demands 100 percent from us every day and it’s really good because it makes you a better player. He went and did it himself as you know so it’s great to play for Wayne. «
Mengi said his short-term goal is to play in all nine remaining derby games of the season, with the Rams having no relegation issues this season under Rooney.
» My goal is to get as far as possible to find out if it’s learning and playing, « he added.
» Of course I want to play as much as possible, gain that gaming experience and help the team get as high in the table as possible. We have nine games left in the season and want to win all nine.
« I think that’s the thing when you’re in the championship, playing for points and for your place in the table. I think Derby did well to get to where we are now and it would be a shame to waste that. We have nine cup finals and we want to win each one. «
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