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The greatest scorer in the history of Manchester United and England, there is no doubt that Wayne Rooney will go down in history as one of the best footballers of his generation.
After bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old for Everton, Rooney is the second top scorer in Premier League history, as well as being the Red Devils top scorer in European competitions. In his prime he was unplayable, but even he had his favorite opponents.
Having scored more than 350 goals in his career, 90min check out those who felt the anger of the ‘White Pele’ more often than others.
Rooney faced the Wolves seven times throughout his career, with his best performance against them in a 4-1 win in 2011, where he scored twice.
Rooney never lost to QPR as a Manchester United player, scoring all three of his goals in those six games. He scored a penalty in a 4-0 win during Louis van Gaal’s tenure in 2014 and once in every league match in the 11/12 campaign.
After a £ 30 million transfer to Manchester United when he was 18, Rooney’s career at Old Trafford began with a bang when he scored a debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the Champions League. Talk about first impressions.
Every time Rooney has played Sheffield United, he has scored. Four goals in three appearances began with this double at Bramall Lane in the 06/07 season.
One of the most memorable matches of Rooney’s career, the former England captain scored the third as Manchester United managed a 7-1 win over Italian giants Roma.
Rooney’s record against Norwich is still being added, as he scored this beautiful free kick earlier this season to give Derby three points against Canarias.
Rooney has scored two penalties as part of his four goals against the Welsh team, including the most recent in his second spell at Everton in 2017.
‘Wazza’ has scored in just three of the 15 appearances he has made against Southampton, but two doubles and this beautiful finish in 2004 put him on the list of his favorite opponents.
He only lost once to the Blues and scored his five goals in different games, including in 2006/07 when he scored a goal and helped them win 3-0.
Rooney’s most memorable goal against Blackburn came in 2011, when he scored a penalty to seal Manchester United’s record of 19 league titles in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.
One of Rooney’s best goals in a Manchester United jersey was against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup in 2005, when he volleyed into the far corner and won the goal of the season.
After leaving Everton to join the Red Devils, Blues fans didn’t want Rooney that much. He was booed during a trip to Goodison in 2007, and it didn’t exactly help matters by scoring and kissing the Man Utd badge as the Reds came from behind and headed for another title.
The Man Utd manager knows what he’s doing as Rooney scored six goals in six games against the Italian giants. He scored three doubles, including at home and away in the knockout round of the 09/10 Champions League.
Six goals in ten appearances against Reading have given Rooney just one defeat, who equaled Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United record for goals against the Royals in the FA Cup in 2017.
The Tigers have rarely had fun taking on the Red Devils and Rooney made sure of that in 2009 when he scored all four goals in a 4-0 victory.
A memorable goal in the career of an all-time great player, as Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time top scorer with this free kick in 2017.
Everyone remembers the 11/12 season finale for that Sergio Agüero’s goal, but Rooney scored the goal at the Estadio de la Luz that had Man United as champions when the final whistle sounded. So close yet so far.
Skinhead Rooney is a great memory for fans on social media, and he was on the roster in 2008 against West Brom. He scored seven times in 19 appearances against the Baggies and only lost twice.
A born and raised Everton fan, Rooney always stroked a goal against Liverpool more than any other. However, their favorite will surely be the first and only for the Toffees against their rivals.
A personal favorite, the most perfect fast break of all time. He was one of nine who scored against them, including two hat-tricks.
Rooney was always a man for the big occasion and his record against Chelsea proves it. He never scored against them for Everton, but he did score many times for the Red Devils.
It was always a productive day in the office against Wigan, as Rooney had ten goals and eight assists in 16 games. That includes a double in the League Cup final when United achieved a 4-0 victory.
Rooney’s memorable boxing celebration came against the Spurs when he scored one of his 11 strikes against the north London club.
Wazza scored his 12 goals in just eight of the 15 games he played against Portsmouth, including a Premier League hat-trick in 2009 and this delicate chip in the FA Cup in 2007.
All-time top scorer in the Manchester derby with 11 goals, he also scored against them after returning to Everton. It was arguably also the team that he scored the biggest goal in their history against, and scored a few goals.
Rooney enjoyed his day when Fulham was in town, whether it was for Man Utd or Derby. The former England captain scored a Panenka penalty in his 500th league appearance in 2020 against the Cottagers.
West Ham fans must really hate Rooney … 15 goals against the Hammers and one of them was even from the midline.
Newcastle hated the sight of Rooney so much that they used to try to wind him up on the field to get him out of his game. They stopped trying when he nearly broke the net with his angry volley, and went on to score 15 times against them.
During the peak of his powers, Rooney scored against everyone, but Villa seemed to be on the receiving end most of the time. He scored a double against them on five different occasions, including at home and away in the 07/08 season.
Imagine being 16, playing the Premier League for the club you support and scoring a goal against Arsenal. It was the beginning of a special relationship Rooney had with Arsenal, as he scored to end his 49-game unbeaten streak, as well as a hat-trick in the famous 8-2 win as well.