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Wayne Rooney Thanks Manchester United on Instagram After Return to Everton

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2017

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy after winning the English League Cup final soccer match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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New Everton signing Wayne Rooney took to Instagram to thank his former club Manchester United after completing his move on Sunday.

The veteran forward, who passed Sir Bobby Charlton to become United's all-time top scorer in January, returned to Merseyside after 13 years at Old Trafford. He thanked everyone for making his time in Manchester so memorable:

The 31-year-old broke through as a youngster at Everton before moving to United in 2004. As a Red Devil, he won five Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League trophy and one UEFA Europa League championship, as well as a number of domestic cups.

He led United's attack for years, but his scoring output came down after the 2011-12 campaign. Several managers used him as a midfielder and even in a wide role, but none of the changes helped him rediscover his shooting boots.

Both sides needed something different, and the Toffees made for a perfect match, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

EFC move allows Rooney to remain in contention to go to World Cup and offers one more challenge: Win a trophy with his boyhood club.

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Rooney will undoubtedly remain a United legend regardless of what happens at Goodison Park, and one or two more great seasons with Everton would add to an already impressive legacy. While he's been a Premier League star for well over a decade, he's still just 31, so he should have plenty left in the tank.

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