As United's all-time leading goal scorer, Wayne Rooney has had a legendary career. Ja Wei Lee looks back at the highlights.
The biggest move in the transfer market so far is none other than Manchester United’s all time leading top scorer Wayne Rooney’s nostalgic move back to his boyhood club- Everton.
Since falling down the pecking order for a starting place in the team, much speculation has been focused on Rooney’s future. At last, he has returned to the club where it all started for him. As World Cup 2018 edges ever closer, it was no surprise to see Rooney move away in search of regular playing time in order to increase his chances in making the England squad for next year.
Rooney was United’s talismanic striker for a number of years. But that is all in the past now. He has had a topsy-turvy career in a United shirt, winning numerous accolades and trophies but also having numerous outbursts and injuries.
His United career started in 2004, when a certain Sir Alex Ferguson signed him for £25m from Everton. His debut shocked the footballing world as he scored a devastating hat-trick on his United debut vs Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League. He went on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award that season.
His most memorable goal of his career is probably his stunning overhead winner against noisy neighbours Manchester City during the 10/11 season, which earned him the goal of the season award. My most memorable moment of Wayne Rooney is when he spearheaded Manchester United to a comeback win against West Ham, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-2 triumph during the 10/11 season.
Throughout his career, Rooney has always been known to be a fiery player on and off the pitch. Sometimes he will lose his calmness on the pitch and make reckless, rash challenges, resulting in unnecessary match suspensions. In his autobiography ‘Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League’, one of the most interesting aspects he discusses is his insatiable mentality to win. He likes to win, he does not like the feeling of losing. Sometimes this mentality has caused him to lose his temper, but that temper of his is what drives him every day with passion.
Rooney has had some disputes with his old manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. In 2010, Rooney supposedly handed in a transfer request to leave the Red Devils but in the end, he signed a five-year extension to 2015. At the end of the 2012/13 season, Fergie also made a statement saying that Rooney had handed in a transfer request.
Wayne Rooney has always been known as a prolific striker, scoring an average of 20 goals a season until his recent decline. At his prime, he bullied defenders and ripped them apart. However, Rooney’s form dipped evidently when Fergie retired after the 12/13 season, scoring fewer goals and being less influential for the squad, even though in the 2014/15 season, Rooney was given the captain’s armband in place of Nemanja Vidic, and was also the captain of England.
In 21 January 2017, Rooney became United’s all-time leading goalscorer as he scored a sumptuous freekick against Stoke City in the dying seconds of the match as it ended 1-1. That was Rooney’s 250th United goal, beating the previous record set by Sir Bobby Charlton. Charlton himself presented Rooney with a commemorative Golden Boot for this achievement.
Rooney is a United legend, and forever will be, and he will definitely be remembered as one of the greats to represent the Red Devils.