Wayne Rooney – Highs and lows at Manchester United

Date published: Sunday 9th July 2017 2:28

Manchester United’s all-time record scorer Wayne Rooney has left after 13 years and we take a look at his highs and lows 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 on a two-year contract.

Let’s take a look at the ups and downs of his career at 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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