Wayne Rooney has been a source of heartache for Manchester City fans over the years, and even after switching to a more friendly blue jersey he’s still managing to inflict pain on the City faithful.

Rooney has started off the season in fine form, scoring in his first two appearances back at the club he joined when he was just 17 years old. His most recent goal coming against long-time rivals Manchester City in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. In the 35th minute Rooney managed to sneak his driven shot between City goalkeeper Moraes’ legs to become only the second player in Premier League history to reach the 200-goal milestone.

That’s not even the best part of this story.

As Rooney wheeled off in celebration some internet detectives were quick to pick on some similarities of the occasion. These people must have a photographic memory or something but they managed to find some colourful characters in the crowd who seemed to have made an appearance at the Etihad over 4 years earlier.

As Rooney wheeled off in celebration some internet detectives were quick to pick on some similarities of the occasion. As is typically the case with online sleuthing, the skills of observation are unusual and bordering on batshit insane, as it’s been discovered two City fans in the crowd were in the same spot over 4 years prior.

Not only were these two fans on hand to witness Rooney scoring against their team, they seem to have the same look of disgust on their faces 4 years later. Even though Rooney has switched red for blue, they still look just as angry as when he scored for United. The pair are definitely a little older and a little more bitter, but the resemblance is uncanny.

Even if these aren’t the same people we’re invested enough to believe in a good conspiracy anyway.

These two aren’t the only members of the ground who seem to be suffering from déjà vu.

This guy looks like he’s been frozen in time for the last 4 years. If you look at his hand gesture he even has the same two crooked fingers up defiantly flicking off the Everton star.

This poor man – and the rest of the City faithful – look like they just don’t like Rooney. But the man himself was actually glad to be reunited with some old pals.

Really could have been Groundhog day up in here but unfortunately for Rooney’s Everton, there was no symmetry in the result on the pitch.

4 years before, United had left with a 2-0 victory over their rivals but Rooney’s record-breaking tally wasn’t enough to garner all 3 points for his side this time around. The Toffees’ defence couldn’t stop substitute Raheem Sterling’s vicious volley from restoring parity in the 82nd minute, ensuring both teams would go home with a point.

Regardless of the result, it was all smiles for the star of the evening who is just grateful to be back banging in goals for his boyhood club.

Rooney’s move back to Everton last month was met with a lot of criticism, and it appeared to have a little Kobe-level farewell tour about it.

But the City fans pictured would be glad if that’s the last they see of the great Wayne Rooney.