Wayne Rooney return provokes mixture of feelings for Manchester United fans

by Harry Robinson

Watching Wayne Rooney play for the opposition at Old Trafford was a strange feeling for many Manchester United fans on Sunday afternoon.

However, the Englishman was far from impressive in the first half, with other Man United fans relieved to no longer have him starting for their side.

There’s no doubt that watching Rooney up front for Everton, hounding down United defenders, was odd.

Despite that, you’d be hard pressed trying to find a Red who would have rather had Rooney playing for José Mourinho’s side than summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

United fans took to Twitter to express their sadness at seeing Rooney in an Everton shirt rather than the Red of United.

Fans at the stadium, too, were vocal in their support of the former-captain, with banners and boards holding messages of thanks around the stadium for the club’s record goalscorer.

 

Aside from the obvious good sentiments shown towards Rooney on his return, others criticised the performance of the United legend, seeing some of the traits that frustrated Reds in his final few years at the club.

 

Rooney had two great chances late on in the first half and moments after the break, though the latter saw him strike the ball immediately at David de Gea, wasting a fantastic chance for an Everton equaliser.

The 31-year-old’s work rate and desire was as reliable as ever, but he showed why Mourinho began to ease him out of the side last season with his poor finishing.

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