Date: 25th October 2008 at 8:53pm
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Wayne Rooney was brought off at Goodison Park because Sir Alex feared that Riley might send him off – and to be fair, he didn’t play well.

However, he made on lasting contribution which was brilliant: kissing the badge in front of the incensed home crowd after being booked.

‘I don’t know why he was booked,’ said Sir Alex.

‘The crowd obviously got him booked but the way the referee was behaving, I feared he may be sent off. For no reason, of course, but just the way the crowd was reacting, getting him booked in the first place, I just felt I had to take him off.’

Yeah, there’s something in that as he did not warrant a yellow. Some will argue that Rooney was silly to pledge his loyalty to United in front of 40,000 Evertonians – however, after all the abuse he got from them he was entitled to a response.

A goal, like in 2005 and 2007, would have been better but it is still a moment to treasure for us United fans. Rooney is now Red through and through and no abuse and stick can hide the fact that it did a world of good for him. Two Premier League titles and a Champions League crown tell the story in itself.