Watching Wayne Rooney play for the opposition at Old Trafford was a strange feeling for many Manchester United fans on Sunday afternoon.
However, the Englishman was far from impressive in the first half, with other Man United fans relieved to no longer have him starting for their side.
There’s no doubt that watching Rooney up front for Everton, hounding down United defenders, was odd.
Despite that, you’d be hard pressed trying to find a Red who would have rather had Rooney playing for José Mourinho’s side than summer signing Romelu Lukaku.
United fans took to Twitter to express their sadness at seeing Rooney in an Everton shirt rather than the Red of United.
Fans at the stadium, too, were vocal in their support of the former-captain, with banners and boards holding messages of thanks around the stadium for the club’s record goalscorer.
I’m sad to see my lad play against us.. We will always love you Rooney. #OnceARedAlwaysARed
— Daddy (@mrgbaye) September 17, 2017
Seeing Rooney in another team. That felt sad.
— SVYUnitedNB (@UnitedNMB) September 17, 2017
“Rooney, Rooney” salute from Stretford End as he walks towards tunnel. #mufc fan holds up banner saying “Rooney – United Legend”.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 17, 2017
Aside from the obvious good sentiments shown towards Rooney on his return, others criticised the performance of the United legend, seeing some of the traits that frustrated Reds in his final few years at the club.
@ManUtd fans applauding Rooney off the pitch, and rightly so, he’s had a great game for us so far.
— Mack The Knife (@IdMjones) September 17, 2017
Chance for Rooney, dribbles wide. And that’s why he’s playing in blue today.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 17, 2017
Rooney giving the ball away with a crossfield pass. Hmmm….
— Doc MUFC (@Doc_Joshi) September 17, 2017
Rooney has been Uniteds best player here and Rashford has been Everton’s best player
— Bernard Byrne (@splitboybenny) September 17, 2017
Rooney had two great chances late on in the first half and moments after the break, though the latter saw him strike the ball immediately at David de Gea, wasting a fantastic chance for an Everton equaliser.
The 31-year-old’s work rate and desire was as reliable as ever, but he showed why Mourinho began to ease him out of the side last season with his poor finishing.