Wayne Rooney has equalled the goal scoring record held by Bobby Charlton for Manchester United with his opener in the 4-0 defeat of Reading in the FA Cup.
The strike was just his fourth goal in all competitions this season, but a quiet reminder of the predatory instincts that United fans have been so accustomed to seeing over the years.
“This club is a huge part of my life and I’m honoured to be up there alongside Sir Bobby,” said Rooney. “It’s a proud moment. To do it at a massive club like Manchester United, I’m hugely honoured.”
Rooney, who joined Manchester United from Everton back in 2004, has started only eight league games this season and fallen down the pecking order in favour of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has shown signs of slowing down from his more prolific years, with seasons 2009-10 and 2011-12 his undoubted best.
The England international is now one goal away from surpassing Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton as the greatest goal scorer in the club’s history.
Charlton, who survived the Munich air crash and won the World Cup with England in 1966 and the Champions League with Manchester United two years later, scored 249 goals in 758 appearances.
Rooney holds the stronger scoring ratio with his 249 in 543 appearances, though the comparison isn’t exactly relevant as Charlton was more of an attacking midfielder.
Manchester United have a mid-week meeting with Hull City in the League Cup for Wayne Rooney to go on and break the scoring record, though a fierce contest with Liverpool in the Premier League follows; there is surely no game that Rooney will be better poised for to stamp his name in the history books than that one.