Manchester United fans have been left in stitches after Wayne Rooney trolled HIMSELF with a reply to Rio Ferdinand on Twitter. The former striker, who is the club’s record goalscorer, is currently playing his football in the United States, for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington.
But Rooney is still fondly remembered by United fans for helping them lift five Premier League titles and the Champions League, among other honours, in his 13 year stay at Old Trafford.
He signed from Everton in 2004 as an 18-year-old and became a key man under Sir Alex Ferguson, despite a couple of issues between the pair along the way. Louis van Gaal made him club captain in 2014 before he left three years later under Jose Mourinho, rejoining the Toffees for one season.
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He developed a great relationship with Ferdinand, with whom he played for both club and country. The defender would leave United when van Gaal took over a year after Ferguson left.
But as Rooney was getting to grips with his Twitter account in 2011, he sent a now famous tweet to Ferdinand, without tagging him, asking if he wanted a lift the next morning, presumably to training. It went viral, amassing over 40k retweets.
So when Ferdinand tweeted a picture of himself back at United’s training ground at Carrington recently, fans were delighted to see Rooney remembered his gaffe and took it in good spirits, replying to Ferdinand’s post and suggesting he needed a lift and he would be there soon.
Many supporters jumped on this, calling Rooney a legend. Their team are on the up, too, with a former teammate of both ex players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, keeping their Champions League dream alive on two fronts. Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, he has made history with their comeback in Europe against PSG, becoming the first man to guide a team through despite a 2-0 defeat at home, while reinvigorating their fight for fourth.
Rooney had suggested Mauricio Pochettino was the man for the job permanently, but it appears Solskjaer is all but certain to take it on full time.