Rooney has scored 218 goals and registered 115 assists during his decade with Manchester United, and this summer was afforded the ultimate privilege when he was granted the armband on a permanent basis.
This ascension to such a position of privilege would seem to suggest that Rooney, aged almost 29 and having signed a £300,000-per-week five-and-half year deal in February, is with Manchester United for the long haul. And he would appear to agree.
“It is,” Rooney told the Sunday Times when asked if being with Manchester United for 10 years was an achievement. “When I look back at the forwards I’ve played with, Berbatov, Tevez, Ronaldo, Ruud [Van Nistelrooy] . . . so many top players that have come and gone.
“That’s football in this day and age. It’s more than likely I’ll be here for the rest of my career. I’m proud to have played for this club for so long and hopefully I can have more success in the future here.”
Records in sight
Should Rooney, as he expects to, remain with the club until he calls time on his career, then it will only be a matter of time until he is firmly established in the annals of Manchester United history.
Rooney, now of course also the captain of England, is third in the list of Manchester United’s record goalscorers and another 18 strikes will take him level with second-placed Denis Law, while Sir Bobby Charlton sits first on 249 goals.
Charlton’s record is well within reach for Rooney who, barring any catastrophe, will also surpass his record haul for England.