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Best Wayne Rooney Moments

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James Smith
• Tuesday, 10 November, 2020
• 7 min read

It isn't easy picking Jazz's most iconic moments, but we've tried to select 10 that best summarize Rooney's remarkable talents. Rooney’s scoring exploits may have seen him become the second-sharpest shooter in Premier League history, but his creative contribution should not be overlooked.

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Rooney’s raking pass, from inside his own half, found MVP on the run, and the Dutchman put United 2-0 up and beyond reach. There was the volleyed dipper for Manchester United against West Ham in 2014 (watched from the stands by David Beckham, no less), but it was his first-time strike against the same club three years later that became his most audacious effort.

Back at his boyhood club following 13 years in Manchester, Rooney scored the first hat-trick of his Everton career in November 2017. The Hammers' net minder found himself in no man's land after his botched clearance was met by the oncoming Rooney.

This finish from 12-yards in a routine win over Switzerland during Euro 2016 qualifying put England 2-0 up on the night, and ultimately made little difference to the outcome. But it had a monumental impact on the history books, given that it moved Rooney one clear of Sir Bobby Charlton in the all-time England scoring charts.

Evidently still too motivated and physically capable to even be in the States, the former England skipper’s performances for DC United transformed the unfashionable club from basement fodder to play-off contenders. In just his sixth game for his new club, and with the scores at 2-2, Rooney found himself chasing back from a corner to prevent an open goal in the dying moments of the match.

After winning possession on the halfway line, Rooney launched a 50-yard missile onto the head of strike partner Luciano Acosta. In January 2017, the United skipper rifled home a magnificent free kick to rescue a point against stubborn Stoke City in the Premier League.

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The strike was more significant than that, however, as it moved Jazz onto 250 Manchester United goals, surpassing Charlton’s long-standing record. The freckled 16-year-old had just smashed a howitzer beyond David Seaman to seal a 2-1 win and end the champions 30-game unbeaten streak.

It might not be best in technical terms (there is a hint of a deflection off Sol Campbell) but it still sums-up Rooney’s monstrous confidence at such a young age. Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City in February 2011 remains the iconic moment in British football derby culture, bar none.

The audacity, the execution (it went top bins regardless of what body part it came off), the fact it sealed a late win over United’s fierce rivals and the celebration that followed make it untouchable as a whole package. Age 17, Rooney had become the youngest goalscorer in European Championship history when he nodded in the first of two goals against Switzerland four days earlier.

With England trailing from an early goal, the “White Pele” (as Rooney was soon dubbed by the press) teed up a Paul Sc holes leveler before taking center stage. His low drive from the edge of the box gave England the lead, before a one-two with Michael Owen on the halfway line sent him clear to score a composed second.

Few passages of play sum up WayneRooney’s character and ability quite like those surrounding his volleyed strike against Newcastle in April 2005. Evidently miffed by some injustice, Rooney spent the moments prior to this explosive strike complaining to referee Neal Barry.

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As Barry ran off to, well, actually officiate the ongoing match, Rooney caught hold of a ball that happened to be dropping in his general direction, 30 yards out from. All that pent-up frustration exploded from the striker’s right boot as he sent his shot wailing into the top corner of Shay Given’s net.

United won 6-2 on the night, but the game will be forever remembered as the most iconic Old Trafford debut in history. Wayne Rooney announced his retirement on Friday morning as he now transitions into a managerial career, joining fellow England stars Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Steven Gerrard (Celtic) as players to enter the coaching ranks after hanging up their boots.

As one of the sport's greatest players of his generation, Rooney's greatness shined brightly during his two seasons at D.C. United. Though Rooney's time in the nation's capital ended trophy-less with two straight exits out of the first round of the MLS Cup, he still produced some magical moments.

After leaving his hometown club, Everton, for new pastures across the pond, Rooney earned the trust of his teammates and former D.C. United coach Ben Olsen to wear the captain's armband just three matches into his MLS tenure. In his first game as D.C. United's captain, Rooney scored his first goal with a clinical finish in what was a special moment that galvanized the club's fan base.

Basically by the corner flag on this goal, Rooney probably accidentally sent an intended cross too far into the box -- not that he or any soccer player would ever admit that. You've probably seen this clip a thousand times before, but it's worth watching a million more to fondly remember the best moment Rooney ever produced in a D.C. United shirt.

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Again against Orlando, Rooney tracked down an Orlando player who would've been through on goal had he not hustled back, made a well-timed slide tackle to gain possession and lofted a beautiful ball to the back post for former United striker Luciano Acosta to head home. Though it was a welcome message for Toffees supporters yearning for Rooney's unquestionable talents, fears over his departure were realized just two years later when he skipped town in 2004.

Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction spoke volumes, as Rooney left the iconic manager stunned and brought the Old Trafford faithful to their feet with an acrobatic effort to lift United to a crucial victory over their fiercest rival. But he successfully managed to shift attention away from his fading talents in 2015 when a video surfaced of him sparring good pal Phil Bardsley, who landed a vicious blow to prove the United star wasn't much of a boxer.

Action Images via Reuters / John Bible Live pic Though Rooney never really got close to winning the World Cup, there's no doubting his place as one of England's most prolific scorers. Sir Bobby Charlton's longstanding record of 49 goals for the Three Lions finally fell in 2015 when Rooney converted a penalty against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium to surpass the 1966 World Cup winner.

Rooney added another dramatic moment to his collection when he scored a phenomenal free-kick against Stoke City in 2017 to bring his team level in stoppage time with his record-breaking 250th goal. Just when you thought the days of Rooney scoring jaw-dropping goals were a thing of the past, he showed he still had something left in the tank during his stint at D.C. United.

The English striker showed off his dominance on both ends of the pitch with an unforgettable sequence against Orlando City in his first season in North America. Wayne Rooney announced his retirement on Friday morning as he now transitions into a managerial career, joining fellow England stars Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Steven Gerrard (Celtic) as players to enter the coaching ranks after hanging up their boots.

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As one of the sport's greatest players of his generation, Rooney's greatness shined brightly during his two seasons at D.C. United. Though Rooney's time in the nation's capital ended trophy-less with two straight exits out of the first round of the MLS Cup, he still produced some magical moments.

After leaving his hometown club, Everton, for new pastures across the pond, Rooney earned the trust of his teammates and former D.C. United coach Ben Olsen to wear the captain's armband just three matches into his MLS tenure. In his first game as D.C. United's captain, Rooney scored his first goal with a clinical finish in what was a special moment that galvanized the club's fan base.

Basically by the corner flag on this goal, Rooney probably accidentally sent an intended cross too far into the box -- not that he or any soccer player would ever admit that. You've probably seen this clip a thousand times before, but it's worth watching a million more to fondly remember the best moment Rooney ever produced in a D.C. United shirt.

Again against Orlando, Rooney tracked down an Orlando player who would've been through on goal had he not hustled back, made a well-timed slide tackle to gain possession and lofted a beautiful ball to the back post for former United striker Luciano Acosta to head home. Wayne Rooney has officially retired from playing football, allowing him to become the permanent manager of Championship side Derby County, where he has been given a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Although Rooney set the Theater of Dreams alight from the moment he arrived at Old Trafford (who could possibly forget his Champions League hat-trick on his debut for the club against Fenerbahçe or his match-winning performance in the 2006 Calling Cup final? On a personal level, it was a highly productive campaign for Rooney, as his 14 goals and 12 assists in 35 league matches propelled Ferguson’s side to a first top-flight title for three years.

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Come the end of that 2010/11 season, Sir Alex Ferguson had achieved what he famously set out to accomplish upon his arrival as the club’s manager: knocking Liverpool off their perch. Rovers had taken the lead in the game following an error of judgement by stand-in United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, which had made the visitors’ task all the more complicated until they won a penalty in the 73rd minute.

Up stepped Rooney to smash the spot-kick past Paul Robinson and Manchester United had made history, 25 years after Ferguson had announced it as his overriding objective. Making his second Premier League debut for the Toffees in their season opener against Stoke, Rooney did not disappoint, duly arriving at the back post to score a fine header to win the game in first-half stoppage time.

Doing so set another record, this one for the longest gap between goals for the same team (4869 days) in Premier League history as the local hero marked his emotional return. Repeating the trick in order to seal the match ball, however, made this one all the more special, and provided Rooney with yet another moment to Seymour before leaving the Premier League for MLS in July 2018.

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