12/08/2014 23:20
1 of 3 Next 

Career profile: Wayne Rooney

Read more about new Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's 10-year Old Trafford career...

Wayne Rooney is one of only four players to have scored 200 goals for Manchester United, which places him in an elite club alongside fellow Reds legends Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.

He burst onto the Old Trafford stage in September 2004, netting a wonderful hat-trick on his debut in a Champions League tie with Fenerbahce.

Perhaps his performance wasn't that surprising, given the enormous pedigree he had amassed since making a lasting impression on now-Academy manager Paul McGuinness some years earlier. 

In an Under-9s match between United and Everton, McGuinness remembers: "Rooney scored the perfect bicycle kick, which for a kid of eight or nine years old was really something special." It merely hinted at what was to follow and, of course, it was a trick he would repeat on the biggest of stages in the Manchester derby, netting a goal that will be repeated forever more.

By the end of the 2004/05 campaign, his first in a red shirt after signing from boyhood club Everton, Rooney had amassed 17 goals in 43 appearances, and was rightly named PFA Young Player of the Year. Rooney’s second season at Old Trafford again saw him take huge strides. He ended the season with 19 goals in 48 matches and was voted both Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year by fans and PFA Young Player of the Year (again) by his fellow professionals, with United clinching the Carling Cup.

Despite a difficult World Cup with England in summer 2006, Rooney went on to net 23 times for United as the Reds lifted a first English title in four years. Cristiano Ronaldo stole all the headlines in 2007/08, but Rooney chipped in with another 18 goals. His exciting strike partnership with 19-goal Carlos Tevez was one of the key factors in the Reds' Premier League and Champions League double triumph and cemented his iconic status at Old Trafford. But it's not just Wayne's goals that make him stand out.

A tireless worker, Rooney gives 100 per cent on the pitch and can't stand losing. They are traits that have, from time to time in the past, landed him in hot water, but everybody

1 of 3 Next 


Premier League