Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer on Saturday as his late free kick earned his side a 1-1 draw at Stoke City.
José Mourinho’s side have now gone 17 games without defeat in all competitions, but the bigger talking point of the weekend was the fact that Rooney has now surpassed Bobby Charlton outright and become Man United’s top scorer with 250 goals.
Rooney has had to accept a more limited role in Mourinho’s plans this season – but emerged from the bench to give everyone a timely reminder that he even though he is past his peak, he is still capable of the odd moment of magic.
To commemorate the achievement, Man United have compiled footage of the goal from six different angles, including one that focuses on his own relatively subdued reaction given the circumstances.
Man United looked like they were heading for their first defeat since November through Juan Mata’s first-half own goal until Rooney’s late intervention rescued a point for the visitors.
Somewhat surprisingly, that strike was only his second Premier League goal all season (and his fifth in all competitions), strongly suggesting that the record has been broken at just the right time for his career. Although he will want to stay at Old Trafford for as long as possible, speculation will be rife that with the landmark achieved, he may look to bow out at the end of the season in search of more regular first team football.
In any event, the records will now show that despite the decline of the past few years, Rooney will go down statistically as a Manchester United legend.