"Maybe (it was) because it was the third goal and it would have been very different if it was a last-minute winner after we were winning," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said.
"From my time here, there’s always been a mutual respect. He’s been a phenomenal footballer, he started at Everton and that deep down is always there.
"I think the Duncan Ferguson testimonial opened a real good option to show emotions and Wayne has always been clear in his affection towards the football club.
"Every Evertonian will tell you that we are always extremely proud of him developing at our football club."
When quizzed on whether he thought Rooney could play for Everton again, Martinez said: "That’s a question you shouldn’t ask. He is a Manchester United player and captain."
Louis van Gaal handed Rooney the United captaincy on his arrival at the club in summer of 2014 ahead of Robin van Persie, who captained the Netherlands during his time in charge of the Dutch national team.
But the 64-year-old believes he made the right choice.
"I think Wayne is an example for everybody, not only for his fellow players, but also for other players from other clubs and also for the manager because he is a very social human being and he has a professional attitude," Van Gaal said.
"I could not imagine that when I was the coach of the Dutch national before I came to United. I had heard other things, but he has shown a fantastic attitude and I am very happy that he scored."