The end of an era as Wayne Rooney leaves Manchester United for boyhood club Everton

Just like that, it’s all over.

OK that’s a bit bleak, but it certainly feels like we’re in a new era of English football now that Wayne Rooney has left Man Utd after 13 years at the club.

And whilst not a shock due to his limited playing time last season, it’s emotional.  Rooney played 559 times for United, scoring 253 goals, winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup.

He rejoins the club he left as an 18-year-old. And he heads back to an Everton that looks a lot different to the one he left, having already spent £100m in the summer transfer window on the likes of exciting prospects Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane.

Tributes were all over social media, with teammates, adversaries, and onlookers all tipping their cap to one of football’s finest. Man Utd’s midfielder rottweiler took to Instagram saying: “One day I will be able to tell my grandkids I played with you.” Pass the tissues…

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