Wayne Rooney’s swipe at Manchester United’s lack of spirit has backfired as Everton star prepares to return

When Wayne Rooney was unveiled as Everton’s homecoming hero two months ago, he could not resist a swipe at Manchester United in the rear-view mirror, bemoaning the decline of their renowned dressing-room culture.

‘There were standards passed down by Giggsy, Gary Neville and Scholesy that you had to keep,’ he said.

‘Over the last few years it was down to me and Michael Carrick but that became more difficult with some of the players who joined the club.’ Wayne Rooney is set to return to Old Trafford for the first time as an Everton player on Sunday Such sentiments will look slightly hollow on Sunday afternoon when United’s record goalscorer returns to Old Trafford.

Without Rooney and Carrick not having played this season, United are doing very nicely indeed, starting the weekend joint-top of the Premier League and playing with a panache unseen since Sir Alex Ferguson’s time.

Meanwhile, Rooney’s new club, Everton, have lost their last three matches, failing to score and conceding eight.

Memories of his two early goals are already fading and on Monday the 31-year-old will appear in court charged with drink-driving. Rooney re-joined his boyhood club after leaving for Manchester United 13 years ago Everton travel to Old Trafford […]

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