Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney was full of thanks after manager Jose Mourinho gave him a day off after the award ceremony in his honour by the Football Writers’ Association.
The player had to appear in London for the event in his name after the writers honoured him for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s club goal record.
Rooney scored an injury time equalizer when the Red Devils faced off against Stoke City in the Premier League. The goal earned the club a valuable point but also raised his goal tally for the club to 250 making him the all-time leading scorer in the club’s history.
Rooney thanked the association for the honour, then he thanked the managers who he has worked with. He appreciated his family and his agent Paul Stretford. The skipper did not forget to thank Mourinho for giving him a day off particularly during a crucial time in the season.
The player advised that the media and the players relate better, adding that it would be in the best interests of English football.
Former teammates of Rooney Louis Saha, Darren Fletcher and Wes Brown were in attendance alongside former Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson and current coach Gareth Southgate. United executive chair Ed Woodward was also available at the ceremony.
Fletcher now at West Brom said:
“Like most great players, unfortunately, Wayne will only be truly appreciated for what he has achieved in the game when he is long retired or perhaps we could start appreciating him now in this moment. As a Scotman, I will admit reluctantly that England have had some great players but tonight we are privileged we are in the company of another one.”
Many took time to celebrate the 31-year old star who would likely remain at United for next season.