Wayne Rooney reveals the special treatment he turned down after signing for DC United

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Wayne Rooney is proving to be a major success in MLS.

The former Manchester United and Everton striker has been in sensational form since making his DC United debut in July.

Rooney has completely transformed the fortunes of his new club, scoring 12 goals in 19 games to help secure an unlikely play-off spot.

DC United, unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures, were rock bottom of the Eastern Conference table when Rooney signed on the dotted line. 

“I’ve never been a player who is going to just play and knock around,” said Rooney upon signing a lucrative two-and-a-half year contract.

“I’m a player who cares. I care about what I do. I’m a proud person.”

The 33-year-old forward has been a revelation on and off the pitch.

A noble decision Rooney made, upon arriving from Goodison Park, appears to have had a major impact on his success in MLS.

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DC United offered him first-class flights and private hotel rooms for away games, but Rooney claimed he refused because he wanted to be treated like any other player on the team.

"If you are going to be part of the team, you have to be part of the team," Rooney said in a recent interview with Men in Blazers.

"All in and do the same things. I don't want special treatment — I wanted to be treated the same as the players. I'm part of this team.

"It's not rocket science — if you can go and form relationships with the players and speak to them.

"I know a lot of players who come here — big players in other countries — they haven't attempted to form those relationships or to buy in to what the team are doing. I think it is important. You do that, and you can have a big impact on the team."

There aren't enough footballers like Wayne Rooney.

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DC United coach Ben Olsen said England's all-time leading goalscorer has "elevated the whole group".

"I’m surprised at how many doubters there were about him," said Olsen.

"But what I’m most impressed with is how his arrival has really elevated the whole group. His influence on the dressing room, and his ability to constantly make the right play, has pushed the team forward."

All eyes will be on Rooney and DC United when the MLS Cup Playoffs begin on October 31.

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