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Wayne Rooney - his highs and lows with Manchester United

Manchester United's all-time record scorer Wayne Rooney has left Old Trafford after 13 years at the club.

The 31-year-old, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy with United, has rejoined his boyhood club Everton.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the highs and lows of Rooney's time with United.

HIGH - Becomes the most expensive British teenager by joining United in 2004 in a deal that eventually rises to £27million.

HIGH - Marks his United debut in September by scoring a hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the Champions League.

HIGH - Scores his first Premier League goal for United on his 19th birthday to help end Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten streak in the division.

HIGH - Goes on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the first time.

LOW - Despite finishing as the team's top scorer, Rooney's debut campaign ends trophyless as his team finish third in the league and lose the FA Cup final on penalties.

LOW - Sent off in a Champions League draw at Villarreal after sarcastically clapping in the referee's face during a group stage United failed to get out of.

HIGH - Scores twice in the League Cup final victory over Wigan to claim his first winners' medal.

HIGH - Is once again chosen as the PFA Young Player of the Year by his peers.

LOW - Shoves United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and appears to stamp on Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho to be dismissed for England at the 2006 World Cup.

HIGH - Captains United for the first time in a Champions League encounter with FC Copenhagen.

HIGH - Wins his first league title in 2007, with a goal at Everton which Rooney celebrated by kissing the badge.

HIGH - Ends the 2007-08 campaign as both a Premier League and Champions League winner as United defeat Chelsea in Moscow.

LOW - Is substituted by boss Sir Alex Ferguson moments after kissing the United badge at Goodison Park following another round of heckling.

HIGH - Scores the only goal in the final as United win the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

HIGH - Helps United win a third straight Premier League title that sees them equal Liverpool's record of 18 championships.

HIGH - Reaches 100 goals for United five years after joining with a header against Wigan.

HIGH - Grabs 19 goals in the first three months of 2010, including four in one game against Hull and the winner in the League Cup final.

HIGH - Is named the PFA Players' Player of the Year for the first time having scored 34 times in the 2009-10 season.

LOW - Shortly after newspaper allegations into his private life are printed, Ferguson leaves Rooney out of a trip to Goodison Park.

LOW - Issues a statement confirming he will not sign a new deal at United and says he wants to leave the club in October 2010.

HIGH - Makes a U-turn just two days later and pens a new five-year extension with United.

HIGH - Scores arguably his best ever United goal in February 2011, an overhead kick in the Manchester derby to give United a 2-1 victory.

LOW - Misses United's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, which they go on to lose, due to a Football Association ban meted out after he swore into a camera after scoring against West Ham.

HIGH - Wins his fourth Premier League title, and a record-breaking 19th for United, by scoring a penalty at Blackburn.

LOW - Two years after losing a Champions League final to Barcelona, United are defeated by the Spaniards again at that stage, despite Rooney scoring at Wembley.

HIGH - Scores back-to-back hat-tricks at the start of the 2011-12 season and goes beyond 150 goals for United in the process, during a season where he plunders 34 in total.

HIGH - Claims a fifth Premier League title winners' medal in 2012-13, which proves to be Ferguson's final one at the helm.

LOW - Rooney is left out of the squad for Ferguson's final fixture and the Scot confirms he has handed in a transfer request.

HIGH - Stays on at United under old Everton boss David Moyes and scores his 200th goal for the club in September 2013.

HIGH - Pens another contract extension, tying him to Old Trafford until the summer of 2019, though the club end the season without a trophy and Moyes pays the price.

HIGH - Moyes' replacement Louis van Gaal names Rooney as his new club captain.

LOW - Goes nine games without scoring before converting a contentiously won penalty in the FA Cup at Preston.

LOW - Another long goalless spell, this one lasting 10 games, is ended in style with a hat-trick against Club Brugge in the Champions League in August 2015.

HIGH - Skippers United to an FA Cup triumph, his first as a player, over Crystal Palace at Wembley in May 2016.

HIGH - Surpasses Sir Bobby Charlton as United's all-time record scorer by coming off the bench to net against Stoke in January 2017.

LOW - Ends the 2016-17 season having scored just eight times, his lowest ever return for United.


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