Wayne Rooney’s son Kai has followed his father by signing for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant, Mike Phelan, who always worked with Sir Alex Ferguson during Wayne Rooney’s time at the club, couldn’t resist poking fun at the club’s newest recruit.
Phelan joked that he can’t handle another Rooney after the 11-year-old penned a deal.
“Not sure I can handle another. Keep grafting young un and listen to yer Dad,” he tweeted.
Not sure I can handle another😳 keep grafting young un and listen to yer Dad 😉
— Mike Phelan (@Mike_Phelan_1) December 17, 2020
Both Wayne and his wife Coleen also took to social media to express their delight.
The current Derby County manager tweeted: “Proud dad. Kai signing for Man Utd. Keep up the hard work son.”
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) December 17, 2020
Meanwhile, Kai’s mother Coleen said on Instagram: “Special night….. congratulations Kai. I love you and I am so proud of you.
“Keep trying your best.”
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Kai’s dad is United’s all-time leading scorer (253 goals in 559 appearances) having spent 13 years at Old Trafford, but it would be unfair to have the same expectations for the kid. He’s young and still developing his game.
Nobody knows just how good he will be yet.
The kid was pictured holding up a United shirt with the No 10 on the back, which is the same squad number Wayne wore during his time at Old Trafford.
His father won 12 major trophies as a United player, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League.
After United, Wayne returned to Everton, moved to the MLS and has since returned in a player-coach capacity to Derby. He is currently interim manager of the Rams.