Man United’s Wayne Rooney eyes another decade at the top
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney aims to stay at the top level for another 10 years after his first decade in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney is targeting another decade of top-flight football after clocking up 10 years in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old Manchester United forward made his debut in the English top flight with Everton as a 16-year-old in 2002, before sealing a move to Old Trafford two years later.
And Rooney, who is preparing to face his former employers at Goodison Park on Monday night as United get their Premier League title bid under way, is hoping for another 10 years at the top level.
“I’m still fairly young,” Rooney told United’s website. “Well, I feel young anyway. It’s great to have played in the Premier League for 10 years.
“It’s an exciting league and I still get just as excited by playing football as I did when I made my debut.
“I just hope I can play for another 10 years and have as much enjoyment as I did in my first 10.”
United were pegged back and held to a 4-4 draw by Everton back in April at Old Trafford despite holding a 4-2 lead in the second half.
Rooney admits that game proved a pivotal moment in the title race as Manchester City went on to pip their derby rivals to the Premier League crown on goal difference on the last day of the season.
And the England forward is braced for another testing encounter against David Moyes’ men on Merseyside on Monday.
“That game probably did cost us the league,” Rooney continued. “That was really disappointing for us, so we hope we can go there and get the three points this time.
“It’s a really tough first game even though, over the last few years, Everton haven’t really started well in the league.
“I know as an Evertonian, growing up, playing for Everton against Manchester United, when United go to Goodison the whole place is lifted – the fans, they make it more difficult.
“We know it’s going to be a really tough game because, the one thing about Everton is that they work extremely hard. They are a really fit team.
“You need to keep the ball well and keep possession and try and tie them down. They have got a couple of good results against us in the last couple of seasons when we really should have won the games. We need to make sure if we do go ahead, we stay focused and see the game out.”