Wayne Rooney was a class act last night as he played what could have been his final game against Manchester United.
As the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, Rooney played a key role in a number of special seasons at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles and one Champions League along the way.
It was a different Wayne Rooney we saw for Derby last night, with the veteran playing in central midfield.
He showed his quality, making five key passes, more than any player on the pitch.
Rooney was denied a late goal after a fantastic diving save from Sergio Romero in injury time to prevent his free-kick flying into the top corner.
United won the game 3-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Rooney sent a message out today thanking United supporters for the reception he received from the travelling fans.
Rooney is a player who may only be appreciated fully long after he has retired.
His goalscoring record for Manchester United and England is a staggering achievement and testament to his longevity playing at the highest level.
It says something too that he is willing to still drop down a division and play in a new position.
His hunger and fighting spirit was evident last night as he battled for every ball and brought down Scott McTominay with a sliding tackle in the opening few minutes.
Rooney appeared genuinely gutted his side lost, missing a quarter-final tie away to Norwich, perhaps he sensed a Wembley semi-final was in reach.
United were just too good, and Rooney’s touches of quality were a reminder of the world class player he was, that we once enjoyed so much.
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