It was announced this week that Kai Rooney, son of Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne, has joined the club’s academy.

Kai, who’s 11, was pictured beaming when holding up the no.10 shirt, the number worn by his dad for most of his time at the club, after committing to United’s academy.

Speaking at a Derby press conference where he currently holds the most of interim manager, Rooney talked about his pride over his son joining United.

I’m a proud dad. He’s been working hard, he obviously came over to the States with us to continue with his football. He went on trial with Manchester United and he’s impressed the coaches. He signed his forms yesterday so I’m delighted for him.

He did have other options, other clubs to go to but he decided he wants to sign for Manchester United, so it was his decision and not mine.


Phil Neville’s son, Harvey, signed his first professional contract with United in the summer and is a current member of the U-18 squad who are top of the league.