Today, Manchester United Football Club waves goodbye to a legend. Wayne Rooney has joined Everton on a two-year deal, after a thirteen-year spell at Old Trafford where he won the lot. It is a shame to see him go, but you feel the move has come at the right time for everyone.
The 31-year-old departs the Theatre of Dreams as a legend, as well as holding the record for the most goals scored by a Red Devil with an impressive 253 strikes. You get the feeling that it will stand for quite some time, too.
As he left, United boss Jose Mourinho has sent a classy statement to Wayne Rooney, admitting that he has always been an admirer of the striker, before adding that he will remain in the history books for many years to come.
“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come.” Jose Mourinho told ManUtd.com.
“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”
Despite the fact that it is a good business decision to let him leave, that doesn’t change that his presence around the place will be sorely missed. This is a man who has had such an influence on this football club and his time here will always be fondly remembered.
It’s not just his on-field aura, it’s the stuff behind the scenes that we don’t see. Rooney would have been an idol to many of the younger lads around him in the dressing room, as well as teaching them techniques and tricks whilst out on the training field.
Seeing him in an Everton jersey next season will be so hard to take, but him moving back to his boyhood club must be a dream come true for Rooney. I hope he does well there, but obviously not against us!