The captain, Wayne Rooney scored a stunning late free kick goal to become Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with 250 goals.
Just as the game seemed to be slipping from Manchester United’s hands after Juan Mata’s own goal that put Stoke City one up, Rooney stepped up to the occasion like always and curled a late free kick goal past Stoke City’s defence and goalkeeper Lee Grant to seal the equaliser.
Juan Mata was replaced by Rooney in the 67th minute, after which the game seemed to be losing pace. The deciding moment did not come until deep into stoppage time as Rooney prepared himself for the free-kick in the 4th minute of extra time, positioned himself on the left-hand side of the area. With one ball swooping into Stoke City’s net, Wayne Rooney not only scored a point but also became the highest goal scorer of Manchester United with 250 whopping goals, breaking the English legend Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals; a record that had remained untouched for 44 years.
Rooney spoke of his record-breaking moment, “It means a hell of a lot. It is a great honour and I am very proud. It is difficult at the minute to be over-pleased because of the result, but in the grand scheme it is a huge honour,” Rooney said, the BBC reported.
“It is not something I expected when I joined. I am proud and I hope there is more to come. The players who have played for this club have been world class.”
Sir Bobby Charlton was rather disappointed to lose the record, but was all praises for the United captain,
“I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record,” Charlton said. “He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.”
With a solemn and subdued celebration, Rooney retained United’s 17-game unbeaten run in the Premier League on Saturday at the Bet365 stadium.
By Anumon Banerjee