Saying Goodbye to a Manchester United Legend: Wayne Rooney

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By Jonathan Lewis | 17 FEB 2021

If you’re a fan of football nowadays, you’re going to know the name Wayne Rooney. You don’t need to be a Man United or an England supporter to know his name. He walks amongst those legends who have left an impact on the sport of football, beyond their respective teams.

Rooney had started his football career at Everton, where he brought up just enough attention to gain the interest of Manchester United. Back then, it was a big move for young Wayne Rooney, who had only been playing professional football for two years. It was like a dream come true for him. Little did he know he would grow to be the club’s leading top-scorer, surpassing Legend Sir Bobby Charlton and all other top-class players who ever played for the club.

During his first season in Manchester, Rooney had started off with a bang, showing a great first impression, scoring an impressive hat trick on his Champions League Debut, and finishing the 04/05 season with a total of 17 goals in 43 matches, which wasn’t too shabby for a teenager back in the day! He was even named PFA young player of the year!

His second season with Man United was even more intriguing than his first, ending the season with two more goals than the last, being voted for the same award as the last season’s, along with the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, and even managing to win the Carling Cup.

After a challenging World Cup in the summer of ‘06, Rooney came back to United with a bang, scoring 23 times for the Reds and helping them clutch the Premier League title after 4 years.

The next years were a footballer’s heaven for Wayne Rooney, even though his spotlight was taken by Cristiano Ronaldo, he was still chipping in a great deal of work, scoring another 18 goals. Lets not forget about Carlos Tevez, who also helped out at the front in the time. What a strike force that was! This was the start of a time where United were favourites amongst many betting sites like and many more, due to their team being one of the best in the world.

Rooney carried on to show everyone who’s boss with United as he built a new partnership with Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, yet still keeping the same amount of attention on himself as he always had. It wasn’t just about the goals he scored, he had something special.

In 2009/10, Rooney reached his first goal milestone of 100 goals for the club, in a 5-0 win against Wigan Athletic, where he scored his 100th and 101st goals.

He later on carried on showing us what he’s made of until 2017, where after 13 successful years at Manchester, he finished his United career with 253 goals in 559 appearances. He’s the only one to ever do it so far. Who knows how long it will be till this record will be surpassed?

Jonathan Lewis is an MFF Sports Writer