Saturday 22 July 2017

WATCH - Reading's George Evans confirms he did exchange shirts with Wayne Rooney after appearing to snub offer

Wayne Rooney is left hanging after appearing to offer his shirt to George Evans
Wayne Rooney is left hanging after appearing to offer his shirt to George Evans

Callum Davis

The shirt Wayne Rooeny wore to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time Manchester United goal record is surely worth its weight in gold.

Tell that to Reading midfielder and former Manchester City graduate, George Evans, who appeared to snub Rooney's offer of a shirt swap.

Rooney, 31, moved to 249 goals for Manchester United, joint with United and England legend, Bobby Charlton.

The Manchester United captain reached the impressive milestone after he managed to knee home Juan Mata's cross to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead in their FA Cup third round tie with Reading.

Two goals from Marcus Rashford and one from Anthony Martial eventually made the score 4-0 to United as Jose Mourinho's side extended their winning run to eight games in all competitions.

After the match the Manchester United captain appeared to offer his priceless shirt to Reading midfielder and Manchester City fan, George Evans.

Evans, who signed for Reading from Manchester City in January last year, appeared to acknowledge Rooney's invitation of a shirt swap before declining and turning away.

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While it appeared that Evans declined to accept Rooney's shirt offer, the 23-year-old moved to correct reports that he had snubbed Wayne Rooney's offer.

 In a tweet posted after Reading's 4-0 defeat, Evans confirmed he did, in fact, exchange shirts with Rooney in the Old Trafford tunnel.

The Reading midfielder, who only celebrated his 22nd birthday last month, had been on the books with Manchester City since the age of six and rose through the ranks in their Academy.

Wayne Rooney requires just one more goal to break Sir Bobby Charlton's record and become Manchester United's all-time leading scorer.

"This club is a huge part of my life and I'm honoured to be up there alongside Sir Bobby," said Rooney after the third round victory.

"It's a proud moment. To do it at a massive club like Manchester United, I'm hugely honoured."

"A more special day will arrive. It was great but I want one more goal! He is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do it. To have Wayne as the top scorer in a club like this is magnificent for him," said Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho.

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