Ed Woodward sends message to Man United fans after transfer confirmed
Ed Woodward has his say after Manchester United confirm that Wayne Rooney is on his way back to Everton
Ed Woodward has praised Wayne Rooney’s contribution to Manchester United after his transfer to Everton was confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils confirmed on Sunday that the England striker is set to return to Goodison Park after a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford.
Rooney leaves the Red Devils as the club’s top scorer after being brought to Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson back in 20014.
The Red Devils confirmed the news via a statement on the club’s website on Sunday, and executive vice-chairman Woodward had a message for Manchester United fans after the deal was announced.
Woodward told Manchester United’s website: “Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago.
“Who can forget his storybook debut hat trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team.
“He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and having won every major trophy in the game. His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago.
“On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career.”
The news came after the Red Devils tied up a deal to sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton as their second summer recruit following the arrival of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
Manchester United jetted off to the United States on Sunday to begin their pre-season tour of America.
The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last season but will return to the Champions League after their Europa League triumph.