Wayne Rooney becomes United's joint all-time top scorer

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Wayne Rooney becomes United's joint all-time top scorer

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SportsCafe Desk

01/08/2017

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's FA Cup goal against Reading on Saturday took him on level with club legend Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time highest tally of 249 goals for the club. It is more impressive to notice that the 31-year old has achieved this feat in 215 matches lesser than Charlton.

Wayne Rooney wrote his name into Manchester United's history books yesterday when he scored the opening goal for Manchester United in the 7th minute against Reading FC in the FA 3rd round match on Saturday. The Red Devils captain equalled the record of the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton as the club's all-time top scorer with 249 goals across all competitions.

After arriving from Everton FC in 2004, Rooney has made 543 appearances for the Manchester club and took four seasons lesser than Charlton to reach the 249-goal mark. Charlton, who is idolized by the United faithful for his exploits alongside Denis Law and George Best, was responsible for United winning their first-ever European Cup in 1968 while also winning the English League thrice with the club. 

Following Rooney's opener, Anthony Martial scored eight minutes later for United while Marcus Rashford sealed a 4-0 victory with a brace in the second half, thus putting the Red Devils firmly on their way to their cup defence.

Speaking about his achievement, Rooney said, “It's a proud moment. We've got two home games coming up this week so hopefully I can get the next one in one of those,” reported BBC.

“This club is a huge part of my life and I'm honoured to be up there alongside Sir Bobby,” the forward added.

United manager Jose Mourinho also showered praise on his captain on the occasion 

"A more special day will arrive. It was great but I want one more goal. He is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do it. To have Wayne as the top scorer in a club like this is magnificent for him," Mourinho said.

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