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'Rooney knew my name!'

Ajax youngster recalls the moment Wayne Rooney spoke to him after Europa League final defeat

David Neres spoke highly of the Man United players who consoled him and his teammates after the defeat in Stockholm

It’s been a whirlwind few months for Ajax winger David Neres.

The Brazilian winger moved from Sao Paulo to the Dutch giants in January, and played a big part in their end of season title push.

One exciting youngster comes off, another comes on

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One exciting youngster comes off, another comes on

He even made an appearance in a major European final, coming on as a late substitute in Ajax’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Europa League final.

But despite the loss, the 20-year-old has spoken highly of the United players who consoled him and his defeated teammates at full-time, and even spoke of his delight when Wayne Rooney knew his name.

David Neres, one for the future

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David Neres, one for the future

Recalling the moment to ESPN Brazil’s Futebol No Mundo show, Neres said: “Rooney knew my name. I couldn’t imagine that. At the end of the game, he greeted me and said my name. I couldn’t imagine.

“I was a bit upset because we lost the game. Then he came, greeted me, said my name, I even forgot the defeat. Pogba too, some of of Manchester players.”

Rooney and Mourinho celebrate their Europa League triumph

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Rooney and Mourinho celebrate their Europa League triumph

It’s sometimes nice to remember that high-profile footballers can still get starstruck, and despite his advancing years and lack of game time last season, it still doesn’t get much bigger than Rooney.

Menawhile, Rooney looks set to stay at United after mulling over the options open to him this summer.

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