United’s record goalscorer posted a picture on social media of the 11-year-old, the oldest of Rooney’s four sons, signing a contract at his dad’s former club.
Rooney accompanied the image with the caption: ‘Proud day. Kai signing for @manchesterunited. Keep up the hard work son.’
Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen joined Kai as he signed for Manchester United
Rooney’s 11-year-old son puts pen to paper on his deal in what is a proud day for the family
WAYNE ROONEY’S MAN UNITED CAREER
Joined: August 2004
Debut: vs Fenerbahce (Sep 2004)
Premier League: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13
Champions League: 2007-08
Europa League: 2016-17
FA Cup: 2015-16
League Cup: 2005-06, 2009-10, 2016-17
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
Community Shield: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
Rooney, 38 years of age and now in interim charge of Derby, joined United from Everton in 2004.
The former England striker had a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford, scoring 253 times in 559 appearances and breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing goal record in January 2017.
Coleen Rooney wrote on Instagram: ‘Special night….. congratulations Kai. I love you and I am so proud of you. Keep trying your best.’
During his remarkable career at Old Trafford, Rooney won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup, one Europa League and one Champions League.
Rooney left for boyhood club Everton in 2017 before joining MLS outfit DC United prior to moving to Derby.
The former England and United captain is still adored by the United faithful thanks to his incredible service to the club during their glory years under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rooney made his debut for United back in September 2004 against Fenerbahce in the Champions League after joining from Everton in a £27million deal, and he settled in straight away at Old Trafford.
Rooney scored a hat-trick and laid on an assist as United thrashed the Turkish outfit 6-2.
Fast forward 13 years and he walked out arguably United’s greatest ever player during their era of dominance under Ferguson.
Rooney is United’s all-time leading goalscorer with an incredible 253 strikes to his name
Rooney won five Premier League titles with United under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Rooney also lifted the Champions League with the Red Devils in Moscow back in 2008
Rooney will now be hoping his son, Kai – born in November 2009 – can enjoy a strong start to life in United’s academy.
The 35-year-old will be following his oldest son every step of the way as he begins his new chapter with United.
Meanwhile, Rooney himself is looking to land the Derby job on a permanent basis after taking caretaker charge of the relegation-threatened Championship club.
The former England captain has impressed since taking his first steps in management, and has guided Derby to a six-game unbeaten run during his time in the hotseat.
Rooney carries Kai on United’s lap of honour after winning the Premier League in 2011
Rooney poses alongside his son Kai with the Premier League trophy in May 2013
Rooney talks to his son on the Old Trafford turf ahead of United’s Premier League encounter with Tottenham in 2015
Kai sits in between Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo on the United bench in August 2016
And after overseeing an upturn in performances, Rooney has won the support of Derby’s players to become the club’s full-time boss after impressing them.
Yet until the proposed £60million takeover by Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour – is completed, Derby are unlikely to make a permanent appointment.
Rooney has made no secret of his desire to land the post and he has made a positive impact on the squad since taking charge.
The former England striker is now caretaker manager of Championship outfit Derby County