Wayne Rooney: England star reveals how Jose Mourinho chat ended Man Utd career | Football | Sport
Wayne Rooney spent 13 successful years at Manchester United, signing for the club as an 18-year-old from Everton back in the summer of 2004.
The England international, who is primed to feature in the Three Lions’ friendly against the United States of America on Thursday, left the club back in the summer of 2017;
Rooney won the lot at Manchester United throughout his time there, helping them win five Premier League titles and reach Champions League finals in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
He also became their all-time leading scorer, bagging 253 goals from 559 games across all competitions.
The forward left, though, after failing to make his mark during Mourinho’s first season at the club.
And Rooney, speaking to MUTV, has revealed that Mourinho’s admission that he would not be a regular starter lead him to return to Everton.
“Of course you miss it,” Rooney said when asked if he missed United.
“It was the highlight of my career, playing for Man United and I was there for so long. But it was the right time.
“I wasn’t playing, first of all. I have always been a player who wants to play.
“Obviously I spoke to the manager and it didn’t look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go.
“Obviously, you wish, the ideal situation was staying there and finishing your career there, but football changes. Different things happen and things happen for a reason.
“I left with great memories.
“I had a new opportunity to go and play in the States.
“I had a great time at United, though, and again I am looking forward to going back and seeing a few of my team-mates, and a few friends from the staff who I have made along the way.”
Rooney was also delighted to leave United as a Europa League winner, with the club beating Ajax 2-0 in the final last year.
“To be fair, I would have taken winning the Europa League as my last game!” he said.
“But, no, I know what you’re saying. It would have been nice to have done it at Old Trafford.
“But I have been back there a few times and I will be back over the Christmas period, at a game to watch them.
“The fans give me a great reception every time I go back and when I went back with Everton.
“That was a nice moment. I had some great moments and obviously the testimonial.
“The fans have been brilliant to me and it will be nice to see a few familiar faces when I go to a game over Christmas.”