Wayne Rooney Equals Bobby Charlton's Manchester United Scoring Record

Updated: 07 January 2017 20:06 IST

Wayne Rooney, who was making his 543rd appearance for Manchester United, broke Bobby Charlton's England scoring record of 49 goals in October 2015 and has now scored 53 times for his country

Wayne Rooney Equals Bobby Charlton's Manchester United Scoring Record
Wayne Rooney celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester United vs Reading in the FA Cup. © AFP

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Wayne Rooney equalled Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record on Saturday when he netted his 249th goal for the club in an FA Cup third-round tie at home to Reading. Rooney, 31, broke the deadlock in the seventh minute at Old Trafford, steering Juan Mata's cross over Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi with his right knee.

Former United midfielder Charlton, 79, and former United manager Alex Ferguson were both in attendance and joined fans in applauding Rooney's feat. United went on to win the game 4-0, with Anthony Martial scoring once and Marcus Rashford netting a brace.

Ex-United captain Bryan Robson was one of the first figures from the club to offer his congratulations, writing on Twitter: "Congratulations @WayneRooney for equalling Sir Bobby's record."

Rooney, who was making his 543rd appearance for the club, broke Charlton's England scoring record of 49 goals in October 2015 and has now scored 53 times for his country.

Charlton's United appearance record was broken by Ryan Giggs in May 2008.

Rooney joined United from Everton at the age of 18 in 2004, after starring for England at Euro 2004, and scored a Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahce on his debut.

He has since won five Premier League titles, two League Cups, last season's FA Cup, the 2007-08 Champions League and the 2008 Club World Cup.

He was voted the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 2010.

Rooney was named United captain by former manager Louis van Gaal in July 2014 and was given the England captaincy by then manager Roy Hodgson a month later.

But he has lost his place in United's starting XI following Jose Mourinho's arrival as manager and has had to make do with occasional starts in the cup competitions of late.

Topics : Manchester United England Wayne Rooney < Alex Ferguson < Jose Mourinho Football
Highlights
  • Rooney equals Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record
  • Rooney netted his 249th goal for Manchester United
  • Rooney opened the scoring for Man United vs Reading in FA Cup
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