Manchester United sign Wayne Rooney
(31st August, 2004):
Wayne Rooney was doing wonders with Everton at a young age, and amid interest from Manchester and Newcastle United, he put in a transfer request in order to leave his boyhood club. Newcastle’s £20 million bid but accepted United’s £25.6 million, making Rooney the most expensive teenager then. It is safe to say that the amount paid for him was more than worthy.
Old Trafford debut hat-trick
(28th September, 2004):
Not many make debuts like Wayne Rooney did. Rooney started against Fenerbahce in the Champions League. It was a sensational debut as the young 18-year-old became the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick on a Champions League debut.
First Premier League goal
(24th October, 2004):
Rooney’s first Premier League goal came on his 19th birthday, and it was an iconic match as it ended Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten run. Rooney was an influential player in the match as he helped win a penalty and scored later on to mark his first league goal.
Superb volley goal against Newcastle United
(24th April, 2005):
It was one of the moments where Rooney channelized his anger to his utter best. Following a yellow card from referee Neale Barry, Rooney kept arguing furiously with the referee and managed to smash a poor clearance right into the top corner with sheer power to stun Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given.
First trophy win with United <h/3> (26th February, 2006):
It was in the 2005-06 season that Rooney won his first silverware with United. United faced Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup final. Rooney was the Man of the Match as he scored two goals in a 4-0 victory against the Latics. It was the first of many trophies for the Englishman.
The introduction of a deadly partnership in Rooney and Ronaldo
(19th August, 2006):
Van Nistelrooy was off to Real Madrid, and it was on Rooney to lead the line for United. He was joined by Cristiano Ronaldo with whom he had an altercation at the 2006 World Cup. The duo silenced their critics by an excellent performance as Rooney scored twice and Ronaldo scoring once, resulting in a 5-1 win against Fulham.
UEFA Champions League victory
(21st May, 2008):
It was in Moscow where Chelsea and Manchester United went head to head to become the Champions League winners. The scoreline read 1-1 after extra time as Rooney played an important part in the game before being subbed off in the 101st minute. Van Der Sar’s save from Nicolas Anelka’s penalty registered a victory for United and a memorable day for all United fans and Rooney.
Wayne Rooney against Bayern Munich
(7th April, 2010):
In the second leg of the Champions League clash against Bayern, Rooney was supposedly unfit but was named in the starting XI. As much surprising it was, the fans were glad Rooney was there. He gave his very best until his injury took a heavy toll and he had to be substituted. He performed very well, but it was unfortunate that United lost the game on away roles with the score-line 4-4.
Spectacular overhead goal against Manchester City
(12th February, 2011):
Years down the line, there is no derby goal that can beat this one. The goal came after Rooney signed a new contract after Sir Alex stated that he wanted to leave the club. It affected many fans, and it was this goal that brought back the love and faith in him from the fans. Rooney scored a bicycle kick winner against Manchester City in front of the Old Trafford audience to register one of the best goals ever scored at the stadium.
(28th August, 2011):
It was a match to forget for the Arsenal faithful when the Gunners visited Old Trafford in August, 2011. United beat Arsenal 8-2 to record a massive win against their arch rivals. Out of the eight goals scored, Rooney scored three of them, two through free kicks and one through a penalty kick. The match also saw him reach the 150 goal mark for United.
Transfer request by Wayne Rooney
(12th May, 2013):
Sir Alex retired after the 2012-13 season, and if that wasn’t enough, he went to declare before his final game that Rooney has handed in a transfer request. It became crucial for Sir Alex’s successor which in this case was David Moyes, to make Rooney stay. Moyes did manage to do that, offering Rooney a massive contract in the process.
Named Manchester United captain
(12th August, 2014):
The 2014-15 season saw Louis Van Gaal as United’s new managed with David Moyes being sacked and some of the senior players like Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs ending their time at the club. The Dutchman made his decision and handed the responsibility of captainship to Wayne Rooney.
Rooney brings an end to an 878-minute scoreless streak
Manchester United struggle pretty badly in the 2014-15 season as goals looked hard to come by. There was a time when Wayne Rooney struggled very badly in front of the goal, which saw him go scoreless for 878 minutes. He finally broke his dry spell after scoring a hat-trick against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off.
Becoming United’s all-time highest goal scorer
(21st January, 2017):
Rooney struggled to get game time under Jose Mourinho courtesy United’s desperate state to qualify for the Champions League and Rooney’s poor form. United were on a 12 match unbeaten streak, and it was close to getting broken against Stoke as United trailed. But on came Rooney as a substitute and scored from a free kick to save the day and beating past Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249 goal mark.
Rooney back to boyhood club
(9th July, 2017):
The 2016-17 campaign wasn’t Rooney’s best of seasons, and it was expected that Mourinho would make some personnel changes come the new season. United announced the signing Lukaku, and it was strongly believed that Rooney would be going the other way. It was confirmed on the 9th of July that United’s legend Rooney will be departing the club and return to his boyhood club.