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Wayne Rooney agrees Everton return

Manchester United captain, probably the last time this term can be used, has agreed terms with Everton according to reports by The Mirror. The report suggests that United and Everton agreed on the deal on Friday and Rooney signed personal terms on the deal meaning his return to Goodison Park is merely a formality, should these reports be true, of course. Rooney left Everton for United in the summer of 2004, making his debut in September against Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League, announcing himself on the European stage by scoring a hat-trick. Thirteen years later, Rooney had made 559 appearances for United, scoring 253 goals, a club record.

Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s 249 goal haul for the club and his 49 goal haul for England over the past year, also scoring 53 goals for England beating both records by four goals. It was a fitting ending at the Theatre of Dreams for Rooney, who had won every major honour with the club during his time, adding the elusive FA Cup in 2016 and the UEFA Europa League trophy in May. Rooney has not won the UEFA Super Cup and he may not. United will go head to head with Real Madrid, the UEFA Champions League holders to contest the trophy in Macedonia in August, it being the first competitive match since Rooney left United, the first of a new era.

It will be sad to see Rooney leave, based on his glories with the club, not his current offering which is one of the reasons he has been effectively shut out of the club playing a peripheral role. His last competitive appearance will have been his cameo in Stockholm at the end of the UEFA Europa League final in which United beat Ajax 2-0 – Rooney then went on to lift the Cup, his final time as a United player. Rooney’s last Old Trafford appearance, for United anyway, came in Michael Carrick’s testimonial with the score 2-2 and Rooney upstaged by Clarence Seedorf, a player ten years his senior. Rooney will be missed for what he could have become – being younger than Cristiano Ronaldo, the difference between the two players is widely shown.

Rooney was tipped to leave United this summer with China, the MLS, Stoke City and Everton after him. The 100% tax rule in China saw clubs avert their attention elsewhere and with Rooney suggesting he would not play for another Premier League club, Stoke City were seemingly out of the window. That left Everton and the MLS, of which the former won the face for the former Evertonian. Rooney will be worshipped at Goodison Park and seems determined to turn his flagging career around also intent on earning a place on the England squad who seem determined to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer. Rooney might be able to turn his career around, playing for a club with lower ambitions and pushing for a Europa League group stage place.

There are reports that Rooney’s move back to Everton will be finalised on Saturday morning which could be something or nothing. This will be the end of an era for Manchester United and the beginning of a new one.

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