Manchester United Football Club have waved goodbye to several legends over the last five years or so. Perhaps the biggest player to leave Old Trafford recently is Wayne Rooney.
The striker, who departed from United as the Red Devils’ all-time top goalscorer, left for Everton, before jetting off to the MLS to play for the Chicago Fire.
At the time of Rooney leaving, it never really felt like he got the proper send-off that he deserved. Now, while reflecting, Rooney has admitted that he would have loved to play out his career at United, while also stating that he did leave at the right time for the good of his career…
“Of course you miss it. It was the highlight of my career, playing for Man United and I was there for so long. But it was the right time.” Rooney told Sky Sports.
“I wasn’t playing, first of all. I have always been a player who wants to play. Obviously, I spoke to the manager and it didn’t look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go.
“Obviously, you wish, the ideal situation was staying there and finishing your career there, but football changes. Different things happen and things happen for a reason.”
It did feel like there was a real decline in his performances over his last two years at United. It sounds horrible, but there was a point where he couldn’t even string a few passes together. I think that when he made the move to Everton it was a similar story.
However, this move to the United States really has reinvigorated him, and I’m thrilled that the United legend will go out on a high as it’s the least he deserves. Let’s say he plays for another year or two then hangs up his boots on top, which is exactly the way it should be!