Wayne Rooney revealed that he almost joined Chelsea or Newcastle, instead of Man Utd, after leaving Everton. Old Trafford’s team spent 37 million euros for Rooney’s signature.
So this is the highest fee ever paid for a player under the age of 20 at the time. Then, the English striker shined in his first season with Man Utd with 17 goals in 43 matches.
Midfielder Duane Holmes Company opened the score for Derby in the 36th minute. However, the home team could not preserve the victory, when Matthew Bloomfield equalized when the match was less than 10 minutes.
Before the score against Wycombe, Derby experienced four consecutive defeats, two of which were under coach Rooney. Speaking to British media, Rooney admitted he could stop playing completely to focus on coaching.
“But when I know Man Utd is interested in me, I want to confirm they want to sign me. Newcastle agreed. But apparently I went back and told Man Utd that if they don’t act now, I will go to Newcastle on the same terms. Man Utd didn’t want me to go there so he agreed”, he revealed that.
Joining Man Utd was the right decision in Rooney’s career. He played a total of 559 matches in all competitions for the Old Trafford team, scored 253 goals and had 146 assists. He won 18 titles in the MU shirt, including 5 Premier League and 1 Champions League. So the Derby County leadership will consider appointing a sole permanent leader.
Derby County is currently ranked bottom in the UK First Division. The former Manchester United striker was given the role of player and assistant coach.
Last season, Rooney played 24 games, scoring 5 goals for Derby County. In the 2020/21 season, Rooney played 8 matches and scored one goal. The former England captain gradually slipped because of his age.