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Shay Given pins blame on Newcastle teammate for famous 2005 Wayne Rooney volley

Shay Given on Wayne Rooney volley.

Shay Given has absolved himself of responsibility for a famous volley that Wayne Rooney powered into his net in 2005.

In April of that year, Given’s Newcastle United side came up against Manchester United at Old Trafford and in the 75th minute, the home crowd sprang to their feet as their young forward smashed a thunderous right-footed volley past the Donegal goalkeeper from all of 25 yards.

The goal has gone down in Premier League folklore and has been noted for the sheer anger with which Rooney struck it, just seconds after being involved in an argument with referee Neale Barry.

While it’s fair to say that Given couldn’t do anything to stop it, goalkeepers will always get a portion of the blame when beaten from so far out but the former Republic of Ireland stopper has now had his say on the famous moment.

Shay Given: “I’m blaming Peter Ramage.”

“Wayne Rooney’s volley against Newcastle,” he writes in his column for Ladbrokes.

“I swear it’s the only goal I ever see! You see it all the time on adverts for the Premier League, but it’s me who he scored it against… I’m sure he scored some great goals against other goalkeepers as well but I only ever seem to see that one!”

Given and Rooney has since gone on to coach together at Derby County and naturally the conversation turned to that famous goal on more than one occasion.

“I’ve reminded him a few times that I made some decent saves against him as well, but that’s the typical life of a goalkeeper… no one ever shows them! There’s nothing you can do against a strike like that.

“Actually, I thought it was a poor header from Peter Ramage in the build-up. You’ll see it if you watch the clip back. He should have headed it clear but he put it on a plate for Wayne. I’m blaming him for that goal.”

You can judge for yourself whether Ramage could have done better or whether Given should have seen it coming by watching the clip below…

Wayne Rooney’s volley was “phenomenal”.

In all fairness, there aren’t many goalkeepers in the world who could have stopped that goal and Given still appreciates it all these years later.

“It was a phenomenal strike though in all seriousness, especially when you consider that he was arguing with the referee a couple of seconds beforehand because he wanted a free-kick. I think he took the anger out on the football and it ended up in the top corner. It’s a great goal for the Premier League, definitely. Not for me though.”

Amazingly, Rooney’s goal didn’t even win BBC’s goal of the season for 2004/05 as it was beaten by another volley from… himself.

An FA Cup strike against Middlesbrough in January took home the Match of the Day prize and it just goes to show how lethal Rooney was in the early part of his Man United career.

Given and Rooney went on to work together at Derby before the Irishman left his role as first-team coach in July of this year.

Rooney remains in charge of the Rams, where he is tasked with keeping them in the EFL Championship, in spite of a 21-point deduction for the club’s financial irregularities.

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