Wayne Rooney has had a fantastic career, ever since breaking onto the scene with that classic goal against Arsenal for Everton as 16 year old. Rooney has won it all in his Manchester United career, 5 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 FIFA Club World Cup and 4 Community shields. He has also won some great individual honours including PFA Players player of the year, 2 PFA young player of the year awards, FWA footballer of the year, BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award to name a few.
He is England’s all-time top goal scorer and at the weekend became his clubs’ all-time top goal scorer scoring his 250th goal in a red shirt. It is quite remarkable, and unbelievably he still does not get the credit he deserves by some.
In his time at United, he’s scored some absolute gems, we’ve picked out our favourite 10.
- Man Utd v Barcelona – 2011
This was a great goal not only for the strike, but the build-up play that preceded it, not to mention it was against Barcelona in the Champions League final.
Man United eventually went on to lose the final 3-1 being outclassed and outplayed for the majority of the game.
- Man Utd v Middlesbrough – 2005
This great chip helped United through this 4th round FA Cup tie with a 3-0 victory. Man United went all the way to the final where they took on rivals Arsenal, yet lost on penalties in a final they dominated.
- Man Utd v Bolton – 2007
If one goal embodies the Sir Alex Ferguson team of old it is this one. A quick fire classic counter attack between Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and Rooney’s classy chipped finished the move. Man United won the game 4-1 thanks to 2 Rooney goals and a Ji Sung Park brace. Man United won the Premier League that year by 6 points, ahead of Chelsea in 2nd.
- Fenerbache v Man United – 2016
Man United were playing a very poor game in this Europa League tie and were 2 nil down until Wayne Rooney popped up with a great strike to make it 2-1. United lost this game but progressed from the group, this was Rooney’s 38th European goal taking him level with Ruud Van Nistlerooy.
- Hull City v Man United – 2013
After going 2 – 0 down, United started a comeback thanks to Chris Smalling’s header. Wayne Rooney’s cracking volley was his 150 Premier League goal for United. An own goal by James Chester won the game for United.
- Stoke v Man Utd – 2017
The goal that marked Rooney’s 250th for United, surpassing the record of Sir Bobby Charlton, was a fittingly magnificent free kick. With the clock running down and United in danger of ending their 16 game unbeaten streak, Rooney rescued a point and took the unbeaten streak to 17 games, with a hard hitting free kick into the top left corner. Wayne Rooney has scored some great goals at his time at United and it was only right he broke the record with such a strike!
- Man Utd v Portsmouth – 2007
Another fantastic chip from Wayne Rooney as he scored 2 in this FA Cup 4th round match against Portsmouth in 2007.
Man Utd made it to the final eventually losing 1-0 to Chelsea after an extra time goal by Didier Drogba, completing the domestic cup double for the Blues.
- West Ham v Man Utd – 2014
Wayne Rooney’s magnificent 57-yard strike in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at West Ham was reminiscent of David Beckham’s half way goal he scored against Wimbledon. Rooney then added a second at Upton Park to overtake Jack Rowley and become United’s 3rd highest scorer of all time with 212 goals. In a disappointing season under David Moyes, United finished a lowly 7th, yet this was a personal highlight.
- Man Utd v Newcastle – 2005
Newcastle had taken a surprise first-half lead when Darren Ambrose pounced on Tim Howard’s poor clearance, but Wayne Rooney staged a comeback with an incredible volley as United went on to win the game 2-1. Chelsea won their first Premier League title this season, United only managing a 3rd place finish.
- Man Utd vs Man City – 2011
Arguably Wayne Rooney’s best goal of his career, and one that makes every Premier League show reel. The game was level 1-1 until his unbelievable bicycle kick in the 78th minute from Nani’s cross. United went on to win the game and the Premier League for the 19th time surpassing rivals Liverpool on total league titles won.
Check out our other Wayne Rooney article written at the start of the season, looking at if this should be Rooney’s last in top flight football.
By Michael Thatcher