16 July 2017
Manchester United fans are far from impressed with Wayne Rooney after the new Everton signing criticised the dropping standards at the club.
The 31-year-old forward spent 13 years at Old Trafford, initially joining from Everton in a £25.6m transfer as a teenager.
Rooney went on to become the Manchester United record goalscorer, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record last season.
He netted 253 times in 559 appearances and left the club last week as part of the £75m signing of Everton star striker Romelu Lukaku.
Remarkably similar to his famous goal against Arsenal, Rooney scored a tremendous long-range goal on his most recent Everton debut in a pre-season friendly against Gor Mahia.
Opinion is split amongst the Manchester United fan base on whether the veteran England captain should be considered a legend at Old Trafford.
He handed in two transfer requests during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure and his latest comments have caused a stir with Reds fans on social media.
“There are standards that you have to keep when you are at Manchester United,” Rooney said.
“That came from the manager Sir Alex Ferguson when I went to United and it was then passed down through the dressing room by the likes of Giggsy, Gary Neville and Scholesy.
“Over the last few years, it was down to me and Michael Carrick to keep the new players maintaining those standards.
“That became more difficult over the last few years, with some of the players who joined the club. There are traditions at United that have to be maintained. It’s become harder, but that’s not my problem anymore. I’m just ecstatic to be back at Everton.”
Rooney’s ability to play at the top level himself has been in question for a number of years and his comments did not go down well on Twitter.
You would imagine that his ex-Manchester United teammates would be just as outraged as the fans.
He may well be right about the standards slipping but perhaps he should be taking some of that blame himself. There were some incredibly woeful individual performances from the club captain last season.
Despite finishing 6th, Jose Mourinho’s men qualified for this season’s Champions League group stages by winning the Europa League in May.