Wayne Rooney joins Manchester United
Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United on Tuesday despite a last minute holdup caused by his broken foot.
"It was a tough decision to leave Everton, the club I've
supported and played for all my life, but I'm excited to be joining a club as
big as Manchester United," Rooney said in a statement released by his new team.
"I feel this can only improve my career, playing with top players in top
competitions like the Champions League and I can't wait to meet up with the
"I am very excited, I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years," United coach Alex Ferguson said. "Everyone is delighted by this signing."
In the hours before the signing, Rooney visited a Manchester hospital twice to have his broken right foot examined. He broke the metatarsal bone playing against Portugal at Euro 2004 in June and will be out of action for at least another month.
Rooney was one the biggest stars of Euro 2004 with four goals before his injury in the quarterfinals. England lost to Portugal in a penalty shootout.