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Kai Rooney impresses again for Manchester United academy and follows in Wayne’s footsteps by scoring against Man City


Kai Rooney followed in his father’s footsteps by producing a fantastic strike for Manchester United’s academy side against derby rivals Man City.

Wayne’s eldest child, 12, has been impressing since signing for his father’s former club last December, where he has since been joined in the squad by Cristiano Ronaldo’s son.

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Kai Rooney’s future is looking very good and Man United fans will be delighted to see how he develops

Rooney, who won five Premier League titles at Old Trafford, is the top scorer in Manchester derby history with 11 strikes against rowdy neighbors United.

And no one could ever forget that whim in the 2-1 win at the Theater of Dreams in 2011.

While his son, Kai, still has a long way to go before reaching the same heights as his father, a goal for Man United’s Under-12 side showed his undoubted potential.

Rooney Jr. – wearing number 18 and not Wayne’s old jersey number 10 this time – produced a nice curling strike with his left foot after racing to the right and finishing a through ball .

The youngster’s shot was perfect as he opened up his body and sent the effort high on the left, giving the City keeper no chance.

The Derby County boss’ son clearly has an eye for the goal having also scored for the U12s against West Brom.


Kai Rooney impresses again for Manchester United academy and follows in Wayne’s footsteps by scoring against Man City

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Kai (r) broke away from his marker to make room

Kai Rooney impresses again for Manchester United academy and follows in Wayne’s footsteps by scoring against Man City

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The 12-year-old’s first touch was excellent and it set him up the shot

Kai Rooney impresses again for Manchester United academy and follows in Wayne’s footsteps by scoring against Man City

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Even though there were two goalkeepers in the net, no one saves this shot

While some inevitably draw their own conclusions as to why Kai is in United’s youth ranks, Rooney Jr.’s form is producing clues to a serious future in the game, having been stunned in a few games in 2021 during a trial.

In a game against Man United’s other big rivals, Liverpool, he scored four.

And against Stoke City, Kai single-handedly tore them apart as he scored and netted a hat-trick of goals and assists in a 6-3 victory.

And United legend Wayne, but all questions about his son’s talent in bed after he put pen to paper on a youth deal with the Old Trafford club, insisting he’s here for the deserved.

“I’m a proud father,” Wayne said after Kai signed his contract in December 2020, after training with Man City and Bethesda Soccer Club during his father’s stint at Major League Soccer side DC United. .

“He worked hard, obviously he came to the United States with us to continue his football.

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

“He had other options, other clubs to go to but he decided he wanted to sign for Manchester United so it was his decision and not mine.”

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