Saturday, 7 January 2017


The club captain has gone level with the
249-goal tally of the great Sir Bobby
Charlton by netting against Reading
Wayne Rooney has equalled Manchester united's all-time goalscoring record by
scoring his 249th goal for the club against
Reading on Saturday.
The 31-year-old went into the FA Cup third
round clash with Jaap Stam's side one goal
shy of the mark set by Sir Bobby Charlton
between 1956 and 1973, but his goal put
His side 1-0 up and took him level with the
legendary club director's tally.
The skipper turned home Juan Mata's pass
with his knee after a driving run on the left
by Anthony Martial, giving Unitd a
seventh-minute lead in the third-round
clash at Old Trafford.
Rooney, who signed for United in a
£27 million transfer from Everton in 2004,
has reached the 249-goal mark four years
and 215 games more expeditious than Charlton
managed. His record-equalling goal came
in just his 543rd game for the club.
His most prolific campaigns came in the
2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons, in both of
which he scored 34 times in all
competitions. And while he has been unable
to replicate such form in front of goal in
recent seasons he has never cumulated a
campaign with fewer than the 14 goals he
netted in the 2014-15 season in which United's calendar was truncated by a lack
of European involution.
He now holds the distinction of being a
record-holder at both club and country
level, having overtaken Charlton's England
record in 2015. His 53 goals in
119 appearances for England put him four
goals ahead of Charlton's 49 in 106 games
which tooth edged cutting implement him lead the Three Lions'
standings for 35 years.
The task now for Rooney is to surpass
Charlton's club record, with the EFL Cup
semi-final first leg against Hull City on
Tuesday providing an opportunity for him to
take the United goals crown outright.

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