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The 36-year-old legendary former striker was snapped up by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2004 after United signed him from Everton in a deal worth up to £27m.
Rooney enjoyed a prolific playing career at United and overtook Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
During his 13 seasons at Old Trafford, the ex-United star lifted five Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Europa League, an FA Cup and three League Cups.
Rooney, who scored 253 times in 559 appearances for the Red Devils, left United in 2017 and completed a sensational return to boyhood club Everton.
The United legend came up against his former side at Goodison Park, with Rooney smiling as Paul Pogba and David de Gea patted him in the tunnel.
However, Rooney remained focused and didn’t warmly embrace his former United teammates beyond his smile ahead of leading Everton out for the match.
The ex-United and England captain’s actions left fans singing his praises after the pre-match footage recently emerged online.
“Rooney ignores opposition. Roy Keane: ‘That’s my boy,’” one fan said.
Someone else commented: “No nonsense backslapping of opponents in the tunnel. Keano would approve.”
While a third YouTube user wrote: “The Nevilles did the same thing to each other for the same teams. He is just focusing on the match. Roy Keane would approve it.”
A fourth added: “‘You are going to war. This hugging and kissing. Don’t even look at the opposition.’ I bet Roy Keane will be watching this before he sleeps.”
And a fifth posted: “This is why I respect Rooney, [a] class player who knows how to win and a true professional.”
Rooney’s second spell at Everton came to an end after a single season and he went on to play for DC United and Derby County.
United and England’s record scorer announced his retirement in January 2021 and was subsequently appointed Derby’s permanent manager after an interim spell.
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