Rumours suggest that Wayne Rooney will be returning to Everton, ending his 13 years of glory at Manchester United. There may have been some tough times for him at the Old Trafford, but the positives outweigh the negatives tenfold. Here are his top 10 footballing moments for the ‘Red Devils’.
10. Assist for Van Nistelrooy vs Charlton
We start Rooney’s top 10 moments in a United shirt with a determined run down the left and a chipped passed into Dutch goal getter Ruud Van Nistelrooy. It sums Rooney’s hunger and passion for the game. Reminding us that he also ran and committed defenders earlier in his career.
9. Goal vs Portsmouth
Showing that he has a touch of class, Rooney chips David James from outside the box to send United into the fourth round of the 2006/07 FA Cup. Struggling for form Rooney scored both goals in the 2-1 win.
8. Goals against AC Milan
The first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Old Trafford was a real classic. United took an early lead through Cristiano Ronaldo but Milan came back with two goals through Brazilian Kaka in the first half. The second half belonged to Rooney. He scored twice to give United hope going into the second leg. The second goal stands out as he takes it early and catches the goalkeeper by surprise. Unfortunately United went to the San Siro and were beaten 3-0 by the eventual winners of the competition.
7. Goal vs West Ham
Simply brilliant. From just inside West Ham’s half Rooney strikes the ball on the volley first time to lob the Hammer’s goalkeeper. Another player who scored an iconic long range goal for the reds, David Beckham, was in the crowd to see this great Rooney moment.
6. Goal vs Barcelona
The 2011 Champions League final saw familiar foes Manchester United and Barcelona come toe to toe again. Again for United it was a night to forget with Barcelona winning 3-1 at Wembley. However, Rooney played well and got on the score sheet. It was a moment and performance that showed Rooney could do it on the biggest stage of all.
5. United’s all time top goalscorer
It looked for a while that Rooney was going to come close but not overtake Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record. His last minute equaliser against Stoke changed that. A well hit free kick from a tight angle meant that Rooney would now, and for a long time, will be known as Manchester United’s highest ever goalscorer.
4. Assist for Van Persie
A goal that goes hand in hand when discussing United’s record 20th title victory. Rooney picks the ball up in his own half and sprays a long range pass which falls perfectly on Robin Van Persie’s sweet left boot. The pass was precision the strike was clean. A stand out goal in a stand out season for the Manchester club. Showing Rooney’s eye for a pass.
3. Hat Trick vs Fenerbahce
Back in 2004 Rooney had just arrived at Old Trafford for a huge fee. There was real pressure on the new arrival. Pretty much all of that pressure was lifted after his debut for the Manchester club. A brilliant hat-trick against Turkish club Fenerbahce saw his stock rise and his ability proven. Just watch the three goals he scored. They show how well rounded his game was even back then.
2. Goal vs Manchester City
Some times less is more. Rooney, Manchester Derby, last ten minutes, 1-1. That’s all that is needed for this one. Press play on the video.
1. Goal vs Newcastle
What sums up the brilliance of Wayne Rooney more than this? Annoyed by refereeing decisions and about to be brought off. The ball falls to him from a great height and he attempts to take all that frustration out on the ball. The average person attempting this would sky the ball out of the stadium, not Wayne. He controlled the strike to find the top corner and burst the net. Legend.
There may have been controversy surrounding Rooney at times but he has been brilliant for Manchester United. It is sad to see the club captain and legend leave but it is time. Let us remember Rooney for moments like these. A true Manchester United Legend. Thank you!