Wayne Rooney has opened up on how he utilised Newcastle's interest in him to seal his move to Manchester United in 2004. After impressing for Everton with nine goals in the Premier League in the 2003/04 campaign, Rooney was highly sought-after by numerous clubs.
At the age of just 18, he moved to Old Trafford for £25.6million - then a world-record fee for a player under the age of 20.
Rooney went on to win 11 major honours for the Red Devils and scored a club-record 253 goals over 559 games. But it took an ultimatum to force through the move in 2004 and allow Rooney to join Sir Alex Ferguson's side amid interest from Newcastle and Chelsea. “I knew it [joining United] was an option before Euro 2004,” Rooney told the UTD Podcast . “I