Jesse Lingard learned something from Wayne Rooney every day and believes Manchester United’s all-time top scorer will be welcomed back heartily when he returns with Everton this weekend.
This summer Rooney, 31, decided to end his decorated spell at Old Trafford in search of game time that was becoming less frequent under United boss Jose Mourinho.
Rooney secured a move back to Everton and has impressed on his return to Goodison Park, even retiring from international football with England to focus on life with his boyhood club.
The forward returns to Old Trafford for the first time this Sunday – a day before facing a charge of drink driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court – and Lingard is thankful he could call him a team-mate.
“His experience in games, especially when you’re young,” Lingard said. “If it’s only 1-0 it’s always hard to manage a game, and he knew what to do at times, especially towards the end of games.
“You learn every day from him.
“Of course (it is hard to follow him), he’s always going to be recognised as a legend at the club and he’ll get a great reception when he comes back.
“Obviously he was there as a young boy and he thought it was the right decision at the time.
“Yeah, you could say that (he has unfinished business). But now Romelu (Lukaku) has come in and obviously we’re focused on playing with him now.”