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Ian Darke and Don Hutchison discuss why Manchester United's Europa League campaign faces a tough start. Manchester United have signed Kai Rooney, the 11-year-old son of Old Trafford legend Wayne, to the club's youth academy. - Ogden: Why United should swap Pogba for Ronaldo - Solskjaer wants United players to have winning mentality Rooney senior, the interim manager at EFL Championship side Derby County, left Old Trafford in 2017 after a 13-year career at United that saw him win every major club honour and eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton as the team's all-time record scorer, with 253 goals in 559 appearances. The former United and England captain revealed the news about his eldest son on social media on Thursday. Rooney posted a picture on social media of Kai signing his contract at United, with the message: "Proud day.
Kai had been linked with Manchester City's academy as a 10-year-old, but the youngster has now committed himself to United where he has a chance to follow in his father's footsteps. Rooney senior became the most expensive teenager in football history when he signed for United in a £27 million transfer from boyhood club Everton in August 2004. After returning to Everton in 2017, Rooney then had a spell in MLS with D.C. United before signing for Derby 12 months ago. Wayne Rooney's 11-year-old son Kai has signed for the Manchester United academy. Rooney posted a picture on social media beside his wife Coleen and Kai signing on the dotted line, and his caption read: "Proud day.
Wayne established himself as a prolific scorer and legend at Man United over his 13-year stay at Old Trafford. The England record goalscorer played over 500 games for the Red Devils, scoring 253 goals. That total helped him become the club's top scorer as well as pick up 16 trophies including five Premier League titles and a Champions League. His son Kai has now taken the initial steps towards emulating his father's illustrious career at United. Rooney posted a picture of himself, his wife Coleen and 11-year-old Kai as he signed the deal on social media with his famous old number 10 shirt laying on the desk.
The picture was captioned: "Proud day. Kai signing for Man Utd. Keep up the hard work son." Proud day. Kai signing for @ManUtd. Keep up the hard work son ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tTYuUZj7yn — Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) December 17, 2020 Kai happens to be the couple's first child, along with three other boys to complete the family — Klay (7), Kit (4) and Cass (2). The Derby County player-coach took time off his coaching duties to be present at his son's momentous occasion. The 35-year old is looking to land a permanent gig at Pride Park after Phillip Cocu's sacking in November, having initially made his way to the club from MLS outfit D.C. United in January. Rooney spent two productive seasons at DC United in Major League Soccer in the USA after leaving boyhood club Everton in 2018. Earlier this year, the striker downplayed his achievements at Old Trafford saying he didn't feel like the club's greatest goalscorer of all-time. "Ruud van Nistelrooy, if he had more time here, he would have gone on to get the United record," Rooney said. "Obviously it is great and I am really proud to have those records, but it is not something I look at. "It says 'Man United's greatest goalscorer' but I wouldn't say I am Man United's greatest goalscorer." Read More About: derby county, Kai Rooney, Manchester United, Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney's son Kai has followed in his father's footsteps by signing for Manchester United. 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 father's former club. Rooney accompanied the image with the caption: "Proud day. Kai signing for @manchesterunited. Keep up the hard work son." Watch European Football with beIN SPORTS and ESPN on Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly> Different keeper, same United 0:43 Rooney, 38, now in interim charge of Championship club Derby, joined United from Everton in 2004 as a teenager. The former England striker had a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford, scoring 253 times in 559 appearances and breaking Bobby Charlton's long-standing goals record in January 2017. Coleen Rooney, Wayne Rooney's wife, wrote on Instagram: "Special night..... congratulations Kai. I love you and I am so proud of you. Keep trying your best".