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Throwback Thursday : Wayne Rooney

Season 2004/05 :

The Manchester United legend and icon, Wayne Rooney, joined the club from Everton in the 04/05 season. This deal took over £33 million from United’s pockets, which at the time was monumental. At just 18, Rooney was about to set the football world on fire.

Credit : Manchester United’s Youtube

The young Wayne Rooney made his Manchester United debut against the Turkish side Fenerbahce, in the Champions League, after swiftly recovering from a broken Metatarsal. The game ended with a 6-2 victory for United, thanks to an emphatic hat-trick from Rooney. His third goal was a trademark freekick, which he replicated several times during his career with the reds.This still stands as one of the best debut games in Manchester United history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxg3tWHVl70
Rooney’s incredible debut hat-trick (BT Sport)

Rooney went on to grab 17 goals and 6 assists for the remainder of that debut season. However, the season remained trophy-less. The reds finished the season on 77 points, 18 points behind the league leaders – Chelsea. They were also knocked out of the Champions league by AC Milan. While the season seemed to be a failure, the developing Wayne Rooney became a great player – winning the PFA Young Player Of The Year. He also silenced Arsenal fans by ending their 49 game unbeaten run, scoring the second in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

(BT Sport’s you tube)
Season 2007/08 :

The season of 2007/08 was arguably Rooney’s greatest season at Manchester United, in terms of trophy success. Under the tutelage of the great Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney helped guide United to win the Premier league, Champions League and the Community Shield.

During this season, Rooney formed a formidable trio of attackers which provoked fear into the hearts of every defender they played – Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo. This trio scored an incredible 79 goals that year. On his own, Rooney bagged an impressive 18 goals and 14 assists.

(BT Sport’s youtube)
Season 2009/10 :

Rooney’s sixth season at Old Trafford was a memorable one. Potentially best ever individual season for the reds. This season led to Wayne Rooney grabbing an incredible 34 goals and 7 assists in just 44 games – his best goal contribution to game ratio ever.

Despite this, the reds faltered when it came to winning trophies this season. With the only success being the League cup. But this was not Wayne Rooney’s only success that season as he won the PFA Players Player of the Year.

Rooney celebrating a late goal vs City. ( Sky Sport’s youtube)
Season 2016/17 :

Rooney’s climactic 13th and final season was still a respectable one. Despite playing in a deeper role, ‘Wazza’ still got 8 goals and 10 assists for Mourinho’s United. Rooney then captained United to a Europa League, League cup and Community Shield trophy. He then sadly left for Everton, ending his legendary Manchester United career.

Wayne Rooney, the all time leading goalscorer for United (with 253 goals), will forever be remembered as one of the best players to ever play for the reds. He is a true legend of the club, and his achievements will always be world renowned.

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