Tuesday 24 April 2018

Wayne Rooney - his highs and lows with Manchester United

Wayne Rooney, pictured right, experienced many highs and lows at Old Trafford
Wayne Rooney, pictured right, experienced many highs and lows at Old Trafford

Manchester United's all-time record scorer Wayne Rooney has left Old Trafford after 13 years at the club.

The 31-year-old, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy with United, has rejoined his boyhood club Everton.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the highs and lows of Rooney's time with United.

HIGH - Becomes the most expensive British teenager by joining United in 2004 in a deal that eventually rises to £27million.

HIGH - Marks his United debut in September by scoring a hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the Champions League.

HIGH - Scores his first Premier League goal for United on his 19th birthday to help end Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten streak in the division.

HIGH - Goes on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the first time.

LOW - Despite finishing as the team's top scorer, Rooney's debut campaign ends trophyless as his team finish third in the league and lose the FA Cup final on penalties.

LOW - Sent off in a Champions League draw at Villarreal after sarcastically clapping in the referee's face during a group stage United failed to get out of.

HIGH - Scores twice in the League Cup final victory over Wigan to claim his first winners' medal.

HIGH - Is once again chosen as the PFA Young Player of the Year by his peers.

LOW - Shoves United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and appears to stamp on Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho to be dismissed for England at the 2006 World Cup.

HIGH - Captains United for the first time in a Champions League encounter with FC Copenhagen.

HIGH - Wins his first league title in 2007, with a goal at Everton which Rooney celebrated by kissing the badge.

HIGH - Ends the 2007-08 campaign as both a Premier League and Champions League winner as United defeat Chelsea in Moscow.

LOW - Is substituted by boss Sir Alex Ferguson moments after kissing the United badge at Goodison Park following another round of heckling.

HIGH - Scores the only goal in the final as United win the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

HIGH - Helps United win a third straight Premier League title that sees them equal Liverpool's record of 18 championships.

HIGH - Reaches 100 goals for United five years after joining with a header against Wigan.

HIGH - Grabs 19 goals in the first three months of 2010, including four in one game against Hull and the winner in the League Cup final.

HIGH - Is named the PFA Players' Player of the Year for the first time having scored 34 times in the 2009-10 season.

LOW - Shortly after newspaper allegations into his private life are printed, Ferguson leaves Rooney out of a trip to Goodison Park.

LOW - Issues a statement confirming he will not sign a new deal at United and says he wants to leave the club in October 2010.

HIGH - Makes a U-turn just two days later and pens a new five-year extension with United.

HIGH - Scores arguably his best ever United goal in February 2011, an overhead kick in the Manchester derby to give United a 2-1 victory.

LOW - Misses United's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, which they go on to lose, due to a Football Association ban meted out after he swore into a camera after scoring against West Ham.

HIGH - Wins his fourth Premier League title, and a record-breaking 19th for United, by scoring a penalty at Blackburn.

LOW - Two years after losing a Champions League final to Barcelona, United are defeated by the Spaniards again at that stage, despite Rooney scoring at Wembley.

HIGH - Scores back-to-back hat-tricks at the start of the 2011-12 season and goes beyond 150 goals for United in the process, during a season where he plunders 34 in total.

HIGH - Claims a fifth Premier League title winners' medal in 2012-13, which proves to be Ferguson's final one at the helm.

LOW - Rooney is left out of the squad for Ferguson's final fixture and the Scot confirms he has handed in a transfer request.

HIGH - Stays on at United under old Everton boss David Moyes and scores his 200th goal for the club in September 2013.

HIGH - Pens another contract extension, tying him to Old Trafford until the summer of 2019, though the club end the season without a trophy and Moyes pays the price.

HIGH - Moyes' replacement Louis van Gaal names Rooney as his new club captain.

LOW - Goes nine games without scoring before converting a contentiously won penalty in the FA Cup at Preston.

LOW - Another long goalless spell, this one lasting 10 games, is ended in style with a hat-trick against Club Brugge in the Champions League in August 2015.

HIGH - Skippers United to an FA Cup triumph, his first as a player, over Crystal Palace at Wembley in May 2016.

HIGH - Surpasses Sir Bobby Charlton as United's all-time record scorer by coming off the bench to net against Stoke in January 2017.

LOW - Ends the 2016-17 season having scored just eight times, his lowest ever return for United.

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