Wayne Rooney from Legend Becomes the Enemy for a Moment

Wayne Rooney from Legend Becomes the Enemy for a Moment
Wayne Rooney from Legend Becomes the Enemy for a Moment

There will be two sides to the figure of Wayne Rooney in the Derby County vs. Manchester United clash in the FA Cup fifth round on Thursday (5/3/2020).

Wayne Rooney's reunion was the main feature of the Derby County duel against Manchester United at Pride Park in the FA Cup fifth round duel.

For Rooney, he had to let go of the brief status of the legend that is equipped with the title of top scorer of all time Man United when meeting this former club.

For the 34-year-old veteran player, the Red Devils will still be seen as enemies.

No doubt he put aside love for Man United, the club he defended the longest in 2004-2017.

"Of course Manchester United is the club that I love. But for 90 minutes or 120 minutes, whatever the time, I want them to lose," Rooney said.

"After the match, I will only become their fan again," he said, from the official website of Man United in an exclusive interview session.

Rooney's professionalism has not played for Derby, the second division club he has strengthened since leaving DC United earlier this year.

Wayne Rooney from Legend Becomes the Enemy for a Moment
Wayne Rooney defends Derby County

The king of the England national team's all-time goal promised to celebrate his goal if he was able to break through United's goal.

"I am the captain of the Derby, of course I will celebrate the goal. I know this match means great for the fans, players and coaching staff here," he said.

The challenge faced by Rooney in his reunion as an enemy of United is his poor record of meeting the Red Devils throughout his career.

When strengthening Everton in the 2002-2003, 2003-2004, and 2017-2018 seasons, Rooney made 6 appearances against Manchester United in the Premier League.

The result, he always suffered defeat, each with a score of 0-3 and 1-2 (2002-2003), 2-3 and 3-4 (2003-2004), and 0-4, and 0-2 (2017- 2018).

The poor record was accompanied by Rooney's zero goal record against United.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew that his former colleague as a fellow United striker could not be underestimated.

"He is a real threat inside and outside the penalty box. Wayne in this match will show everything he can do," Ole said.

"He wants to prove that he can still fight very hard. He will definitely give everything to his club," said the coach.

If you are able to win the match at Pride Park, Derby or Man United have been awaited by Norwich City in the quarter-finals.


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