Remembering Wayne Rooney's Man Utd debut vs Fenerbahce in 2004

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick vs Fenerbahce on his Man Utd debut

In the summer of 2004, the footballing world couldn't get enough of Wayne Rooney.

The English striker had dazzled in the Premier League with Everton and he took Euro 2004 by storm, scoring four goals in his four appearances out in Portugal.

His brilliance as a teenager earned Rooney a prestigious mega-money move to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.

But the question was; would the Croxteth-born 18-year-old be able to handle the pressure of playing for the Red Devils?

To put it simply, yes. After signing for the club in August, Rooney was handed his debut on September 28 in the Champions League against Fenerbahce and the teenage starlet dazzled in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

Alongside Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, the Englishman tormented the Turkish side's defence, scoring a brilliant hat-trick and also contributing with an assist.

You can watch Rooney's highlights from that magical night in 2004 below.

The first finish of the evening with his weaker left foot really set the tone for United as they romped to a 6-2 victory.

Rooney's second goal shortly after was an absolute stunner. The Englishman collected the ball from Giggs in the middle of park and unleashed an unstoppable 30-yard effort into the bottom corner.

To cap off one of the greatest debuts of all-time, Rooney then decided to whip an inch-perfect free-kick past the legendary Rustu Recber in the Fenerbahce goal, before grabbing the assist for David Bellion's goal.

There really haven't been many better hat-tricks in the history of football. Rivaldo's iconic treble against Valencia is the only superior one that instantly springs to mind.

Rooney in action v Fenerbahce

Rooney's United career pretty much continued in the way it had started, with the Englishman eventually breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record for the Red Devils.

His 559 games with the club in all competitions yielded 253 goals and 146 assists, with Rooney's brilliance helping United win five Premier League titles.

But despite all his success after, it's hard to think of a better Rooney performance in the famous red shirt than his very first.

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