Wayne Rooney sends message to son Kai as he departs on first Man Utd away trip

Wayne Rooney’s son, Kai, is taking part in his first Man Utd away trip as he looks to continue his promising start in the club’s youth ranks having signed with the Red Devils in December

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Wayne Rooney has wished his son, Kai, good luck as he heads off on his first Manchester United away trip.

The 11-year-old joined the club’s academy in December last year and has already made quite an impression.

The young striker had a hand in all six goals as United’s Under-11s beat Stoke City 6-3 in May.

Kai scored a hat-trick and also grabbed three assists in the win as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his father.

Rooney has shared a picture on social media of his son ahead of his away day and said: “Good luck to my son Kai on his first trip away with Manchester United.”

Mum Coleen also uploaded the same image on her Instagram account and said: “First trip away for my big boy. Good luck Kai.”

Kai is claimed to have rejected offers from several clubs in order to sign with United.

Speaking last year, Rooney said: “Yeah I’m a proud dad.

“He’s been working hard, he obviously came over to the States with us to continue with his football.

“He went on trial with Manchester United and he’s impressed the coaches. He signed his forms yesterday so I’m delighted for him.”

He then added: “He did have other options, other clubs to go to.

Kai signed a deal with Man Utd last year



“But he decided he wants to sign for Manchester United, so it was his decision and not mine.”

Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford in a trophy-laden spell that saw him leave as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

He bagged a hat-trick on his debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League and eventually scored 253 goals in 559 appearances.

Rooney won five Premier League titles as well as the European Cup in 2008.

The 35-year-old is now managing Championship side Derby, whom he helped to survival last term on the season’s final day.

On Tuesday night he saw them come from behind to beat League Two Salford City on penalties in the Carabao Cup.

“That’s the proudest moment for me since I’ve been at Derby County as manager,” Rooney told BBC Radio Derby.

“Staying up (last season) was a massive achievement, but to see some of these young lads grow from the first minute, I’ve almost seen them go from under-23 football to men’s football in 90 minutes, so I’m delighted.”

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