Thursday 14 November 2019

Manchester United players post heartfelt tributes to Wayne Rooney

Manchester's Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates with his former teammate Ander Herrera
Manchester's Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates with his former teammate Ander Herrera

Callum Davis

Manchester United players, past and present, have been paying tribute to Wayne Rooney after the 31-year-old completed an emotional return to his former club, Everton.

Rooney returns to Goodison Park after a 13-year stint at Old Trafford in which the striker became the club's all-time leading goalscorer, a record previously held by Sir Bobby Charlton.

The former England captain was unveiled as an Everton player on Sunday afternoon, sparking an outpouring of tributes from his Manchester United teammates.

Ander Herrera, who joined Manchester United under Louis van Gaal in 2014, tweeted an emotional tribute to his departing captain.

"One day I will be able to tell my grandkids I played with you. All the best and thank you @WayneRooney#FarewellToALegend," Herrera wrote on Twitter.

Michael Carrick, who is now the last remaining member of Manchester United's team that won the Champions League in 2008, wished his friend good luck on his fresh challenge.

"Blew me away by how good he was from day 1. Outrageous. Had ups n downs but what a ride we've been on. Gonna miss him. Good luck Pal #Legend," tweeted the Manchester United midfielder.

Carrick, 35, will play another year at Old Trafford after signing a new one-year contract with the club.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville echoed the tributes to Rooney, insisting he was 'the best striker' he had ever played with.

Neville and Rooney won two Premier League titles and one Champions League as teammates and the Sky Sports pundit added Rooney was the best striker the club has ever had.

"All the best @WayneRooney and congratulations on a great United career . The best Striker I played with and saw at the club," said Neville.

Neville had last month urged Manchester United to resolve Rooney's future or risk 'clogging up' their pre-season preparations.

"I am surprised it has not been dealt with," said Neville.

"You don't want that speculation to hang over a pre-season because every single press conference and media session will be clogged up with the issue of whether he is staying or going."

Manchester United flew out to Los Angeles to begin their US tour on Sunday, with their first match scheduled for July 15 against LA Galaxy.

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