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Govindan Kishwar, New Delhi: April 24, 2005. As far as dates go, there was nothing special about it. The United
States had a Republican President in George W Bush, rapper 50 Cent was terrorising teens with his infamous Candy Shop song that had all kinds of ‘read between the lines’ lyrics like ‘lick my lollipop’ and the XXX movies that Vin Diesel made famous were still the go-to action comedies.
It was also the day when Wayne Rooney was angry. In a match against Newcastle, as he recalled in his autobiography, nothing seemed to be going for him.
In the book, ‘My decade in the Premier League’ Rooney reiterates how he loves scoring goals, but when he can’t find his touch, helps out by tracking back, making assists and making a nuisance of himself for defenders. In general, that is what he did. On that day in April, nothing seemed to work and he was angry. So angry, that when he realised he was about to be subbed off, he whacked a stray ball from some 30 yards out into the ‘keeper’s top-right corner against Newcastle United.
That goal, a sumptuous volley, would be replayed repeatedly on YouTube, and his celebration, would show the hunger the Englishman always had. 90 minutes of non-stop, high-intensity running. He was a fighter.
Rooney would call that one of the best goals of his career, while also saying that later on he sees himself playing in a deeper midfield role.
A little more than 11 years later, and the Manchester United captain has reached that point. He has been at that point for around two years, but now, it shows.
Where does he go from here?
When Jose Mourinho took over at Manchester United, he was asked where Rooney would play.