Manchester United goal highlights: Rooney's historic strike ties club goal record
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:35
The United captain, who was making his 543rd appearance for the club, broke Charlton's England scoring record in October 2015 and has now scored 53 goals for his country.
Reading's goal-scorer that day was winger Garath McCleary, and the Jamaican global is now their top-scorer for this campaign having netted eight times in 22 Championship matches, and he'll be the one United need to keep an eye on at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United boss Jose Mourinho says the club can now look forward to a celebration when Rooney finds the target again.
"It is a proud moment". I think it's a very professional job with everybody really focused and trying to play well, which we did, and winning the match, which we should, against a team that gave us some hard moments.
Rooney has won the Champions League, five Premier Leagues, the Club World Cup, two League Cups and the FA Cup at United over the past 13 years. After a United career of mostly majestic goals, he notched his name beside another record by dinking the ball in off his knee, a fortunate score. We're happy for him.
With six minutes remaining, Rooney nearly broke United's goalscoring record but his goal bound shot was saved by Al-Habsi who also kept out Maroune Fellaini's effort from the rebound.
GETTY The England captain used his knee to score
They survived a solitary scare when the hosts' Sofiane Feghouli inexplicably shot wide from in front of an open goal, but went in at the break with a 3-0 advantage after an own goal from Havard Nordtveit and an effort from David Silva.
The players were professional "I think we started very well, we didn't kill the game but 2-0 was a good situation for us to control the game". "This is not the best day for him - the best day will arrive, it's just a question of when".
Mark Hughes watched his Stoke City team go down 2-0 to Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers, who marked a deserved win with a superb goal to Wander Hélder Costa.
Rooney has secured his place in Manchester United history and Old Trafford's hall of greats with his record-equalling goalscoring feats.
Anthony Martial impressed in the victory over Reading at Old Trafford.