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10 Jul

Uniteds farewell to Rooney

Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have hailed the greatness and service of Wayne Rooney after he left Manchester United to return to Everton.

The 31-year-old has switched back to Merseyside as part of a deal that will see United sign striker Romelu Lukaku for up to £90m, after 13 illustrious years at Old Trafford.  United manager Mourinho, who could not find a place in his first team for Rooney last season, insists he could not stand in his way of returning to Goodison Park and Woodward says the England captain leaves as the club's "greatest ever goalscorer".Mourinho said: "It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne. He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come.

"It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future."   Woodward said: "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.