By Adam Flowers
Manchester United’s and England’s all-time record goal scorer was denied an FA Cup fairytale against his former club at Pride Park.
Wayne Rooney, now a player-coach at Derby County, captained his new side against Manchester United in the 5th Round of the FA Cup last night. Rooney who made 393 appearances for the Red Devils has never scored against his former club. Although he was on the wrong side of a 3-0 defeat, he did come close to scoring when his free kick was tipped over the crossbar.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United manager, was full of praise for his former teammate. At the pre match press conference he told the reporters: “He has been a fantastic player for Man United, and he played here for so long, he is the club’s top scorer, he’s won so many trophies.”
It was a disappointing result for Derby County, as Manchester United’s new striker Idion Ighalo rained on Rooney’s parade scoring twice as United were comfortable winners in a 3-0 victory. Despite the scoreline Derby County fan Ollie Wooley wasn’t too disheartened: “I think we could have gone for it a bit more, but the youngsters played well, and it shows we have good players to come through the ranks in the next season or so”.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has prematurely ended the football season. Rooney won’t be adding to his trophy cabinet this season, but it’s clear he still has a place in the hearts of Manchester United fans.