If Wayne Rooney was able to choose who he would score his 200th Premier League goal against, Liverpool and Manchester City would probably emerge as the two clear favourites.
The England international enjoyed plenty of success at Manchester United – where he became their record goal scorer – and stole many headlines whenever he played in the Manchester derby, while his Everton return is bound to get him fired up when the two Merseyside clubs meet.
It just so happens that Premier League goal number 200 came inside of the Etihad Stadium on Monday night, with Ronald Koeman starting the former United skipper against Pep Guardiola’s men after an impressive return to his boyhood club.
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Rooney broke the deadlock in the first-half to show that he still has a future in the national team set-up, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin slid the ball into the feet of Rooney in the middle of the box with his strike going underneath Ederson.
While the Old Trafford faithful would have loved Rooney scoring against their bitter rivals, it was his celebration which the United fans absolutely loved.
After wheeling away to celebrate with his Everton teammates, Rooney was spotted gesturing to the City fans, holding his hands to his ears which – as you can imagine – didn’t go down well with City fans, but it did with the red side of Manchester on Twitter.
It just shows that despite being sold by Jose Mourinho this summer, his allegiance with United will probably never end when you consider how much he’s achieved at the club, and he would have really enjoyed riling up the City fans to do his old club a favour early in the season.
While Rooney got in on the action, it was an eventful game as Guardiola’s night was looking like it would go from bad to worse after Kyle Walker was sent off just before half-time to make the job that much more difficult.
However, they bounced back in the second-half as Everton conceded their first goal of the season when Raheem Sterling hit it first time into the back of the net, but there was still another twist as Morgan Schneiderlin was shown his second yellow of the evening as well.
Despite the exciting end to the game, both sides shared the spoils in what has been a special night for Rooney.
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