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Wayne Rooney ties goalscoring record as he seals his Manchester United legacy

Saturday 7th January 2017
This afternoon, Manchester United really gave Championship side Reading a reality check at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho's men stuck four past The Royals, who have been flying in their domestic league campaign, where they currently sit third.
The talking point of the game came just after the five-minute mark, as Wayne Rooney found the back of the net (albeit with his knee), to tie Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goalscoring record.

Rooney, 31, found his 249th Manchester United goal in 543 games, some 215 matches quicker than Sir Bobby Charlton managed to achieve the feat. You have to say that is absolutely outstanding, particularly from a man who has literally played on all corners of the field under four different managers.

Yet some still doubt the man who was born in Croxteth. I say the record speaks for itself, and anyone who manages to score that many goals for a club as big as Manchester United will always go down as an absolute great.

During today's game against Reading, some of the touches made by United's club captain were brilliant, and it felt like he's really relishing what time he has left on the field; particularly after a bad spell before the turn of the year. He was named Man of the Match against Jaap Stam's side, and his performance definitely warranted the accolade.

Going forward, he looks hungry for more, and he'll definitely put some pressure on the regular starting eleven when he's fully recovered and back up to 100% match sharpness.

This is a man who signed for Manchester United way back in 2004. Alright, sometimes his behaviour both on and off the field has been less than exemplary, and that hasn't pleased the Old Trafford faithful at times. He still has given his all for this club every single time he pulls on the jersey, though, and credit has to go his way for that.

Without a doubt, his best attribute is his never say die attitude and his willingness to work for the team. That's what makes him such a perfect candidate to be a captain, and when the going is tough he ALWAYS drags his side right back into games. Cast your mind back to the FA Cup final last May where Manchester United was struggling. Wayne Rooney carried the side on his back, made a driving run into the box as he beat a couple of Palace defenders, before crossing the ball allowing Juan Mata to bring United level. His performance was vastly underrated on that day, and it doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

Now his attentions will be on beating the record. Obviously, he only needs to find the back of the net once to really go down in Red Devils' folklore, and I wouldn't bet against it on happening within the next week.

You have to remember that he is only thirty-one, and if he so chooses he could still have a few years left at the highest level. How many goals could he score in that time, who knows? But he could well raise the bar by quite some distance before he decides to hang up his boots at the Theatre of Dreams.

Congratulations, Wazza!
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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