Wayne Rooney has returned to England to come out of retirement for the national team with a friendly against the USA. Our former striker has just enjoyed a brilliant few months in the MLS with DC United but admits his misses life at Manchester United.
Of course you miss it. It was the highlight of my career, playing for Man United and I was there for so long. But it was the right time.
I wasn’t playing, first of all. I have always been a player who wants to play. Obviously I spoke to the manager and it didn’t look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go. Obviously, you wish, the ideal situation was staying there and finishing your career there, but football changes. Different things happen and things happen for a reason.
I left with great memories. I had a new opportunity to go and play in the States. I had a great time at United, though, and again I am looking forward to going back and seeing a few of my team-mates, and a few friends from the staff who I have made along the way.
Rooney’s last appearance for United was in the Europa League final when he came on for the last minute of our 2-0 win. Our former captain has acknowledged he would have liked to have the opportunity to say goodbye at Old Trafford but wasn’t going to complain about lifting a trophy in his final game.
To be fair, I would have taken winning the Europa League as my last game! But, no, I know what you’re saying. It would have been nice to have done it at Old Trafford. But I have been back there a few times and I will be back over the Christmas period, at a game to watch them.
The fans give me a great reception every time I go back and when I went back with Everton. That was a nice moment. I had some great moments and obviously the testimonial. The fans have been brilliant to me and it will be nice to see a few familiar faces when I go to a game over Christmas.