Testimonial August 3rd 2016 v Everton
Throughout his career Wayne Rooney has set numerous goal scoring records. One time the youngest scorer in the Premier League, he remains the youngest player to score for England; the youngest to score a hat trick in the Champions' League, and England's record goal scorer.
He netted 72 goals in a single season for Liverpool Schools, a new record, before signing for his boyhood club Everton. He helped the 'Toffees' to the Youth Cup Final in 2002, and made his League début, at sixteen, that April.
In August 2004 Everton accepted United's bid of £26.5m for Rooney, having earlier rejected a £20m bid from Newcastle. An injury delayed his United début, which eventually came on September 26th against Fenerbahce in the Champions League. Rooney hit a hat trick and added an assist in United's 6-2 win.
In his eleven years at Old Trafford, Rooney has won five Premiership titles as well as picking up winners medals in the Champions' League, FA Cup, FIFA World Cup and League Cup (twice).
He was appointed club captain by van Gaal at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, and was increasingly employed in a midfield role under the Dutchman. In September 2014 Rooney was appointed capatin of the national side by Roy Hodgeson.
At the time of his testimonial, Rooney was just five goals short of the club goal scoring record (249), held by Sir Booby Charlton. He had, of course, already broken Charlton's record of 49 goals for England. The record is likely to be broken as Jose Mourinho has declared Rooney will play up front rather than in midfield. He has currently scored 53 goals for his country.
His relationship with United fans has been soured by reports, on at least two ocassions, that he wanted to leave the club, although few can deny his 100% commitment on the pitch..
Rmero, wearing his customary short-sleeved shirt, replaced de Gea in goal in the 64th minute. Move your cursor over the goalkeeper kit and number to reveal this kit.
515 appearances (46 as substitute)
Statistics correct to end of the 2015/16 season