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Wayne Rooney lived up to the hype after he completed his move from Everton to Manchester United in 2004.
The DC United star made an instant impact at the Red Devils, scoring a hat-trick against Fenerbahçe in the Champions League.
Of course, it is unsurprising that Rooney wanted the match ball as a reminder of his superb debut.
"Can I have the ball?" he asked former referee Frank De Bleeckere.
However, the 52-year-old responded with a simple message: "That's for me."
While the 33-year-old former England international walked away empty-handed after that exchange, former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was not happy with what had happened.
Speaking to the Guardian in 2006, Rooney explained how the legendary Scotsman came to the rescue.
"I couldn't believe it," he said.
"The manager just said, 'What? I'm not having that' and went off to see the ref. Next thing he's back with the ball and I couldn't thank him enough."
Rooney would end up becoming United's all-time record scorer before he left in 2017 for a brief stint at Everton.
He made 393 appearances over the course of his United career and picked up multiple honours, including the Premier League title, FA Cup, Champions League and the Europa League.
Wayne Rooney Hat Trick debut for Man UTD against Fenerbache. Arguably the best debut ever in the champions league. Ps I was there when Rafael Scheidt made his debut at Parkhead in that game against Dundee and the buzz about him was absolutely unreal. Then he came on.. @ClydeSSB
- Mick (@supermick67) 14 January 2019
:red_circle: #OnThisDay in 2004, Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick on his Man Utd debut as they beat Fenerbache 6-2!
The rest is history. :raised_hands:#MUFC pic.twitter.com/jmlJrdLi6b
- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) 28 September 2017
ON THIS DAY: In 2004, Wayne Rooney made his Manchester United debut and scored a hat-trick vs. Fenerbahce in the Champions League.
- Squawka Football (@Squawka) 28 September 2017
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