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Man Utd boss Moyes: Leeds goal kicked off Rooney greatness

Manchester United boss David Moyes recalls the moment he believed he had something special at Everton in Wayne Rooney.

Moyes has a signed photograph of Wayne Rooney scoring Everton's winner at Leeds in their first season together.

It happened in November 2002, two weeks after his famous goal against Arsenal, and remains for Moyes the day that Rooney truly came of age.

"It was a pivotal moment for Wayne, myself and Everton," Moyes told the Daily Mail last year. "That day marked the emergence of a boy who could beat teams and score great goals on the world stage.

"We hadn't beaten Leeds in the league at Elland Road for 51 years. There were 4,000 Everton fans packed in behind the goal. They'd heard about this potential young superstar playing for their team and wanted to see him. He didn't disappoint.

"People talk about Wayne Rooney's winning goal against Arsenal at Goodison weeks earlier but this was when we got a true glimpse of what everyone expected him to become."

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