Wayne Rooney reveals how Liverpool spurred his move to Manchester United in 2004

Wayne Rooney reveals how Liverpool spurred his move to Manchester United in 2004

Festus Chuma 18:48 - 15.05.2024

Wayne Rooney reveals Liverpool rivalry influenced his transfer from Everton to Manchester United shaping his iconic football career.

Wayne Rooney has opened up about the unexpected role Liverpool played in his decision to leave Everton for Manchester United in 2000.

Rooney, who rose to prominence as a teenage sensation at Everton, described his childhood surrounded by the Merseyside rivalry that influenced his ultimate transfer to Manchester United.

 Despite his Everton roots Rooney harbored a competitive disdain for Liverpool a sentiment that nudged him towards Old Trafford during the pivotal 2004 summer window.

“I was growing up in the nineties watching Manchester United, like in awe of what I was seeing,” Rooney shared on The Overlap's Stick to Football podcast. 

His admiration for Manchester United's success became a point of pride, especially in the face of Liverpool’s historic rivalry with Everton. 

"And obviously being an Everton fan, we weren’t really going to win anything. So my best way of having a go at Liverpool fans was Man United winning. I grew up watching them. Then the minute I knew Manchester United were interested in signing me, I was like that’s the only place I’m going," he added.

His transfer to Manchester United was not just a move between clubs but a significant step in a storied career. 

Manchester United signed Rooney for upwards of £20 million (Ksh3.2billion) , securing a five-year deal that would extend to become a defining era for both the player and the club. 

Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson Rooney flourished breaking numerous records and becoming a pivotal figure in the team's success.

During his time at Manchester United, Rooney made 559 appearances, scoring 253 goals and providing 139 assists. 

His achievements include winning five Premier League titles and a total of 12 major trophies.

 When he left the club in 2017, he did so as its top scorer, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record that had stood for nearly half a century.

However, Rooney's transition from player to manager has been fraught with challenges. 

His managerial stint began at Derby County, where he dealt with difficult conditions and secured a win percentage of just 28%. 

Subsequent roles at DC United in the MLS and, more recently, at Birmingham City, have seen mixed results.

 At Birmingham, Rooney took over from John Eustace, who had the club positioned sixth in the Championship. 

Despite the optimism that accompanied his appointment amid a club rebrand under new ownership Rooney was unable to deliver the expected results and was sacked after 15 games with the club languishing in 18th place.

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