Wayne Rooney’s greatest Manchester United goals

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Wayne Rooney has returned to Everton after a record-breaking career at Manchester United.

Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s United goalscoring record last season and leaves Old Trafford with 253 goals for the club to his name.

Here, Press Association Sport picks out some of the greatest goals he scored for the Red Devils.

MANCHESTER UNITED 6 FENERBAHCE 2 (Champions League, September 28, 2004)

Rooney enjoyed a startling start to life at Old Trafford, launching himself into the footballing stratosphere with a debut hat-trick. Two fine first-half efforts were followed by a superb David Beckham-esque free-kick seven minutes after the break.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 NEWCASTLE 1 (Premier League, April 24, 2005)

Having fallen behind to a Darren Ambrose strike, Rooney inspired a comeback with an exceptional second-half volley. Meeting a headed clearance by Peter Ramage, the forward hit the sweetest of strikes beyond the helpless Shay Given.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 ARSENAL 0 (Premier League, April 9, 2006)

A goal that epitomised Rooney’s touch, composure and striking ability. Taking down a superb left-wing cross from Mikael Silvestre with aplomb, he then showed his cutting edge to rifle home magnificently.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Premier League, February 12, 2011)

A goal that will live long in the memory and go down as one of the finest strikes to light up the Manchester derby. Watching Nani’s floated 77th-minute cross, Rooney leapt to send a sensational overhead kick past rooted City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

WEST HAM 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Premier League, March 22, 2014)

In a goal similar in audacity and skill to Beckham’s wonder strike at Wimbledon in 1996, Rooney fired home a breathtaking goal from 58 yards having out-muscled James Tomkins to turn and hit a half-volley over Adrian.

STOKE 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Premier League, January 21, 2017)

The history-making free-kick which made Rooney United’s all-time record goalscorer. Deep into added time the captain whipped in an angled free-kick from just outside the penalty area with the ball arcing over a crowded penalty area and beating goalkeeper Lee Grant in his top left-hand corner.

Source: PA

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