WATCH: Rooney shirt swap rejected on pitch by ex-Man City player

The captain could not give his shirt away when offered to George Evans despite equalling Manchester United's scoring record, but the pair later exchanged in the tunnel

Once a Blue, always a Blue. That appeared to be former Manchester City player George Evans's mantra after refusing the offer of Wayne Rooney's shirt on Saturday.

The Manchester United striker was in a generous mood at full-time, having set his team on the way to a thumping 4-0 win over Reading by scoring his all-time record-equalling 249th goal.

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You would think such a landmark strike would see Rooney's shirt become a prized memento but the United captain literally couldn't give it away to young Evans.

However, all was not as it seemed, as Evans was quick to clarify after the game. The 22-year-old went to Twitter to confirm the pair did swap shirts in the tunnel as it was deemed more appropriate after the heavy loss.

Evans came through the youth ranks at City, making one first-team appearance for the club as a substitute in a League Cup third-round win over Sunderland in 2015.

The midfielder represented City at every level, from Under-8s to first team, becoming only the second player to achieve the feat with his cameo appearance in the 89th minute.