Wayne Rooney joined the Red Devils from Everton in 2004 for a reported fee of £27 million, the highest amount ever paid for a player under the age of 20.
His introduction to the fans was no less than outstanding as he scored a hat-trick on his debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League. Although United ended up trophy-less that particular season, Rooney was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year.
In 2007, he was handed the number 10 shirt, following the departure of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Since then, the striker has only impressed making important contributions in 2008, when United picked up both the Premier League and the Champions League titles.
The following seasons continued to show a rather matured Wayne Rooney. The striker’s impressive ability to drop deep, distribute the ball up front and dictate the tempo of the game has proved to be the deciding factor between winning and losing time and time again.
Not only this, but the striker has picked up a habit of scoring with spectacular finishes in recent years. One of the most memorable Rooney moments for the Manchester United fans was to see him score with a tremendous overhead kick against rivals Manchester City. He also pulled off two fantastic freekicks in the recent 8-2 domination over Arsenal.
Rooney has been the talisman for United and undoubtedly their most important player. But ever since the arrival of the goal-machine Robin Van Persie, fans have seen a slight dip in Rooney’s performances. The striker’s inability to adapt alongside his new partner, has led to him being side-lined on more than one occasion.
Reports linked him with a move to big-spending Paris Saint Germain and Spanish giants Real Madrid after Alex Ferguson claimed that Rooney asked for transfer away from the club – something Rooney has denied.
Having said that, Rooney is not happy with the way things have been and is reportedly seeking clarification from new manager David Moyes that he does have a future at the club. United fans will surely feel taken aback if their most prized possession decides to move on.
There is no doubt that Wayne Rooney has been inspirational to United’s progress and everyone associated with the club will be hoping to see him wearing the famous red shirt come next season.
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