Wayne Rooney: The season defining moments from his decade at Manchester United

A look back at the defining moments from each of the striker's 10 seasons at Old Trafford

It will be 10 years since Wayne Rooney made his Manchester United debut on Sunday - and what a time he's had at Old Trafford.

Rooney's career with United has been full of triumph and disaster, success and failure but he has certainly cemented his place among the club's elite.

He will also go down as a true Premier League great and here we look at the career defining moments from each of his 10 seasons as a Red Devil.

2004/05

Rooney arrived at Old Trafford with a bang, scoring a superb hat-trick on his debut as United swept aside Fenerbache 6-2 in the Champions League. With two devastating finishes and deliciously curled free-kick, he had the dream start to life at his new club.

2005/06

As a precocious but hot-headed 19-year-old, Rooney sees red against Villarreal after reacting to a booking by sarcastically clapping in the face of referee Kim Milton Nielsen. His season ends well though as he wins the PFA Young-Player-of-the-Year award for second successive year.

2006/07

Rooney’s 14 league goals help United win the Premier League, his first title at the club. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side finish six points clear of Chelsea and Rooney claims the Goal-of-the-Season award for his stunner against Bolton.

2007/08

In the first ever all-English Champions League final, Rooney’s United beat Chelsea on penalties to claim Europe’s most illustrious prize. On the rout to the final, Rooney scores four times including a vital away goal against Roma in the quarter-finals.

2008/09

In a typically awe-inspiring United comeback, Rooney plays a vital role in overcoming a two goal deficit to beat Tottenham 5-2 in the league. Rooney scores twice, claims to assists and wins the penalty for Untied’s first in a brilliant display. He says after the game: “What a game! To win 5-2 from losing 2-0 is pure class!”

2009/10

Rooney’s 26 goals in 32 league games earns him a host of awards. He claims the PFA and FWA Player-of-the-Year awards and lifts the League Cup. During the season, Rooney also bags his 100th Premier League goal despite still being just 23-years-old.

2010/11

After expressing his desire to leave Old Trafford, Rooney preforms a dramatic U-turn and decides to sign a new deal with the Red Devils. In a mixed season, Rooney produces one of the best goals the Premier League has ever seen. His over-head kick against Man City will go down as one of the greatest goal ever scored.

2011/12        

Even though Rooney has the best scoring season of his career, United only win the Community Shield. Rooney scores 27 league goals as well as five in the Champions League and is named in the PFA Team-of-the-Year for the third time in his career. Rooney marks his 350th game for United by scoring twice to beat bitter rivals Liverpool 2-1.

2012/13

After again asking for a transfer during the summer, a seemingly unsettled Rooney has his joint-worse scoring season in all competitions. Despite his quiet year, United still win the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year with the club. 

2013/14

Rooney signs a mega new contract deal that ties him to the club until 2019 after another summer of flirting with a move to Chelsea. Rooney scores 17 league goals as United finish an awful seventh after David Moyes’ disastrous spell in charge. 

2014/15

After Nemanja Vidic announces his departure from the club there is an opening in the captaincy. New boss Louis van Gaal duly gives Rooney the armband.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Avatar grossed $2.8bn at the box office after its release in 2009
filmJames Cameron is excited
News
news

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney 'denied all knowledge' of the Twitter activity

Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
filmDirector said film would 'never have been financed' with ethnic minority actors in key roles
Arts and Entertainment
Stik on the crane as he completed the mural
art
Life and Style
View of champagne glasses at a beach bar set up along the Croisette during the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 17, 2013
food + drink(and for now, there's a clear winner)
News
The author PD James, who died on 27 November 2014
people

Detective novelist who wrote Death comes to Pemberley passed away peacefully at her home, aged 94

Arts and Entertainment
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
arts + ents
Life and Style
tech

Sites using the popular Gigya comment platform were attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)

Extras
indybest
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?