PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United honours

10. Wayne Rooney

Birthdate:24 Oct 1985
Birthplace:Croxteth, Liverpool
Position:Striker
Appearances446
Goals Scored218
Joined United:31 Aug 2004
United Debut:28 Sept 2004 v Fenerbahce (H)
International:England

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.

The striker’s place among the icons of Old Trafford was also secured via his appointment as club captain, an honour afforded to him by new manager Louis van Gaal on the eve of the much-anticipated 2014/15 season.

Upon accepting the armband, Rooney spoke of his immense pride and excitement for the future: "It is a huge honour for me and for my family to be named captain of this great club," he explained. "It is a role I will perform with great pride. Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me."

Of course, 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

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