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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney took to Twitter on Thursday to provide a hilarious throwback on the ninth anniversary of his famous tweet in which he offered his former teammate Rio Ferdinand a lift to training.

On this day in 2011, the then-Red Devils forward tweeted: “Hi rio do u want picking up in the morning pal”, directly onto his own timeline – but forgot to tag Ferdinand in the post.

Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand enjoyed great success together at Old Trafford

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Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand enjoyed great success together at Old Trafford

The tweet has since gone done in social media history, with popular opinion suggesting the post may have been meant as a direct message or text.

And Rooney gave the post the recognition it truly deserved, writing: “9 years ago today. Time flies…”

The original tweet gathered more than 50,000 retweets and likes, and Rooney has decided not to delete it, despite apparently posting in error.

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The pair played together at Manchester United for over a decade between 2004 and 2014, winning numerous league titles along with the Champions League in 2008.

Asked if he ever accepted Rooney’s offer, Ferdinand told JOE in 2018: “I did a couple of times, yeah.

“I never knew where that came from. For years I saw it and didn’t think anything of it.”

He did however add his own effort in 2019, tweeting his former team-mate “Wazza… you need picking up in the morning to go Derby?!” after it was announced Rooney would join the Rams as a player-coach.






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