Wayne Rooney signed for Manchester United exactly 15 years ago today

 Wayne Rooney signed for United 15 years ago today

On this day in 2004, Manchester United made one of the best signings in their Premier League history.

The Red Devils had just come off a disappointing campaign in the 2003/04 season.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men mustered just 75 points in the Premier League and had to endure their bitter rivals Arsenal go through an invincible campaign.

They were also dumped out of the Champions League in the last 16.

United managed to win the FA Cup but still Ferguson knew he needed to make a statement in the summer transfer market.

And he did just hours before it closed.

Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene at Everton as a 16-year-old, marking his debut with a brilliant 25-yard strike against Arsenal.

After two full seasons with his boyhood club United decided to buy him for £25.6 million, the highest fee paid for a teenager at the time.

And it proved to be money well spent.

Rooney made his mark on his debut, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Fenerbahce on his debut.

Wayne Rooney scored an iconic overhead kick vs Man City

And he never looked back from there.

Rooney would be a mainstay at the Manchester club over 13 seasons.

In that time, he played 559 games for the club, scoring 253 times.

He also helped his side 16 major trophies, including five Premier League's and a Champions League title.

When he left to return to Everton in 2017 he departed a club legend.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick on his debut

He went on to score his 200th league goal with Everton, meaning he is the only player in history to score record 200+ goals and 100+ assists in the Premier League.

Rooney will always be remembered fondly at United.

He arrived as an aggressive player with bundles of talent. He was devastating in front of goal and was also quick in his youth.

At his very best, around the start of this decade, Rooney was almost impossible to stop.

Wayne Rooney left Man United a club legend

His best campaign came in 2011/12 when he scored 34 times.

United declined towards the end of Rooney's stint at the club and now find themselves out of the Champions League.

The Red Devils have Marcus Rashford currently leading the line but there are doubts whether he is a true number nine.

Oh how United fans will wish they had a prime Rooney playing upfront for them these days.

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