The England international has responded to recent criticism by breaking a club record and Sir Bobby Charlton in the club’s all-time list of goal scorers.
Wayne Rooney has overtaken Ruud van Nistelrooy to become Manchester United’s top goalscorer in European competition with 39 goals from 96 appearances earlier this season.
Van Nistelrooy had previously held the record with 38 goals from 47 games ahead of Ryan Giggs on 29 goals from 158 games and Denis Law with 28 from 33.
Rooney’s first European goals came back in 2004 with a memorable hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the Champions League.
The striker’s goal against Stoke City in the ingury time,in the Premier leagues today 21/1/2017,made it his 250th goal for Manchester United and in doing so, he become the clubs all time highest goal scorer breaking record held by Sir Bobby Charlton after over 42years
While the campaign hasn’t been Rooney’s best in a Red Devils shirt—he was dropped by manager Jose Mourinho earlier in the season—reaching this milestone is a testament to the high standards he’s long set as a United player.
Indeed, since he joined the club in 2004 from Everton, Rooney has showcased a remarkable amount of consistency.
That’s reflected not only in the haul of goals he has amassed, but the silverware he’s won, too. While the highlight of the England captain’s United career will be the UEFA Champions League win in 2008, he’s also lifted five Premier League titles and one FA Cup with the club.
Naturally, there have been ups and downs during his stay at the club, but the veteran has largely been a model professional. Sometimes, his application and attitude have been to his own detriment. Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson would often use Rooney in wide positions in key contests because of his willingness to follow tactical instructions.
But passing Charlton’s record secures Rooney’s place in United’s history and confirms his status as one of the finest players of his generation.
After all, in addition to becoming United’s top scorer, the former Toffees star is also the most prolific England player of all time on the international stage. To be perched at the summit of both lists is an incredible achievement given the history of both teams.
Rooney’s 250-goal notes
- By body part: Right foot, 193; left foot, 27; head, 30
- By venue: 136 home, 106 away, 8 neutral
- By shot location: 213 inside the box (26 penalties), 37 outside the box
- By competition: Premier League 180, Champions League 34 (four in qualifying), FA Cup 22, League Cup 5, UEFA Cup/Europa League 5, Club World Cup 3, Community Shield 1
Bellow is Manchester united top 10 highest goal scorers
United’s all-time leading scorers
250: Wayne Rooney (546 appearances)
249: Sir Bobby Charlton (758)
237: Denis Law (404)
211: Jack Rowley (424)
179: Dennis Viollet (293)
179: George Best (470)