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"Once a blue, always a blue."
Except when he's a red.
Wayne Rooney may have donned the famous blue shirt while at Everton, but before long, his transfer to Manchester United was confirmed (via The Daily Mail). The £25.6 million deal is one of the most important of United's history, as, with the acquisition of Rooney, the Old Trafford crowd had their new talisman.
Rooney has been a constant in the United side for nearly 10 years. Since his memorable goal as an Everton substitute against Arsenal on October 19, 2002, he has also been a major commercial asset for both the Premier League and English football.
The decision to move away from Goodison Park has turned out to be a great one. Rooney has won the Premier League five times, League Cup on two occasions, the Community Shield three times, a single Champions League and a FIFA World Club Championship.
Ferguson's decision to splash so much on a young British talent was a huge statement. United's future was seemingly assured, especially with the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo alongside Rooney. Despite claims he is off to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Rooney is one of the most important signings Ferguson has ever produced (via The Guardian).