Thanks, Wayne

Rooney’s SI­MON ASHURST re­flects on Wayne United… suc­cess-laden years with Manch­ester

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A Manch­ester United fan pays trib­ute

WAYNE Rooney, what an ab­so­lute leg­end, not just for Manch­ester United but for Eng­land, too. Join­ing United when he was only 18, scor­ing a hat-trick on his de­but and then go­ing on to score 253 goals for United and be­com­ing club cap­tain.

On the in­ter­na­tional front, 53 goals for Eng­land, mak­ing his de­but when he was just 17 and then go­ing on to cap­tain Eng­land, too.

Let’s be hon­est, yes, he did de­te­ri­o­rate in the last two or three sea­sons, but think about the ten years’ worth of work he’d put in to United prior to his de­cline.

Any real Manch­ester United fan would not be slat­ing him, I can’t be­lieve I’m see­ing him be­ing abused on Twit­ter. All of a sud­den, he’s a fat Scouse b*****d, but that fat Scouse b*****d did so much for us.We wouldn’t have won three Premier League ti­tles in a row if Rooney hadn’t been knock­ing about.

These so-called fans need to re­spect his de­ci­sion to re­turn to his boy­hood club for one or two sea­sons and then call it a day, it’s the best way re­ally.

When we first signed him, I thought right, he’s good but I’m not too keen on this ‘he’s a Scouser, but he’s our Scouser’. (Wow, never would I have thought I could freely write ‘he’s our Scouser’).

Mov­ing on, quickly, let’s take a look at how we first found out about the gem that is Wayne ‘£300k-a-week’ Rooney.

He burst onto the scene with that in­cred­i­ble late win­ner for Ever­ton against Ar­se­nal in Oc­to­ber 2002, the ball hit­ting the un­der­side of the cross­bar just above poor David Sea­man’s reach. A 16-year-old un­known had ended Ar­se­nal’s 30game un­de­feated Pre­mier­ship run.

In the sum­mer of 2004, Rooney was wanted by mul­ti­ple teams. Ever­ton de­clined a £20 mil­lion of­fer from New­cas­tle but they ac­cepted a bid of £25.6m from Manch­ester United – and the rest is his­tory.

What a dream de­but Wayne had: scor­ing a hat-trick in the Cham­pi­ons League against Fener­bahce.

From that defin­ing point, we all knew we were in for some­thing spe­cial, and the next 13 sea­sons brought be­yond what we ex­pected. So many goals, so many well-built part­ner­ships over the years and so much pas­sion put into his ca­reer, good and bad.

For ex­am­ple, the time he got banned for swear­ing in front of a Sky Sports cam­era after a come­back against West Ham. That didn’t de­serve a ban.

All play­ers swear, it was just a shame the adrenalin got to him and he did that, but I think a hefty fine would have been more ap­pro­pri­ate.

When things like that hap­pen in foot­ball, it

gets to me. Aren’t we al­lowed to be f*****g pas­sion­ate any­more?

And the vol­ley against New­cas­tle, we all re­mem­ber that. His goal against Stoke last sea­son, that amaz­ing free-kick from a bit of a dodgy an­gle,

He still has that flair, but, un­for­tu­nately, it just wasn’t there as much as it used to be, which is a mas­sive shame.

I would have loved him to have fin­ished his ca­reer at United but I can un­der­stand com­pletely why he made the de­ci­sion he did.

He won a fair bit, too. Back in 2002, he was named BBC’s Young Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year.

In the 09/10 sea­son, he won Premier League Player of the Year and I won’t for­get to men­tion the five Premier League ti­tles, one FA Cup, four League Cups, five Com­mu­nity Shields, one FIFA Club World Cup, one Europa League and last, but not least, one Cham­pi­ons League.

My per­sonal favourite mem­ory of Rooney is, of course, the out-of-this­world derby day bi­cy­cle kick.

I watched it again the other day with Ti­tanic music over it. As a 24-year-old man, I have no shame in say­ing it brought a tear to my eye.

How dare he do that in front of not only 76,000 at Old Traf­ford but the mil­lions watch­ing at home? And poor, poor Joe Hart just stood and watched.

It made it even bet­ter that it was a win­ning goal on derby day. If that had been against any other team in the Premier League it wouldn’t have meant as much.

I fell off my chair, it was that good, and to do that iconic cel­e­bra­tion in front of a few thousand GUT­TED City fans was mint, too.

Off the pitch, I don’t think he did much wrong. Yeah, he had a drink now and then but ev­ery foot­baller is al­lowed a break, surely?

I sup­pose if you’re as rich as Rooney you’re al­right to walk into a casino and walk out thou­sands of pounds down, not to worry though, he earnt it back in four hours.

Over­all, Rooney has been at United for 13 sea­sons, I’ve watched him since I was 11.

Rooney and Ron­aldo were eas­ily one of the best dou­ble acts ever to play in the Premier League and I’m so glad to say I was there to wit­ness it.

Then there’s all the rest, the goal that trick­led past Joe Hart in the 3-2 win in the FA Cup, the goal at An­field where he nearly broke the net and we went on to win 1-0.

There are so many memories I could take up over half of the magazine telling you about them.

Wayne, there are sim­ply too many words to de­scribe how good you were at United. Thanks.

Mak­ing his name: Wayne Rooney cel­e­brates his dra­matic win­ner for Ever­ton against Ar­se­nal

Magic mo­ment: Wayne Rooney scores his won­der goal against Manch­ester City

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