Wednesday 3 February 2016


Wayne Rooney edged closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record last night as Manchester United turned on the style.

Rooney scored his seventh goal in as many games to take his United tally to 244, just five behind Sir Bobby’s long-standing club record.

Louis van Gaal’s side had not scored a first-half goal in 11 games at Old Trafford but plundered two inside 23 minutes against Stoke, through Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Lingard put United ahead in the 14th minute with a stooping header, with Martial adding a second nine minutes later with a majestic, sweeping right-foot finish.

Martial turned provider for Rooney eight minutes after the break, the United and England skipper slotting the ball in to keep on course to break Charlton’s record this season.

1. Rooney edges closer to record
Rooney was denied a perfectly good goal when he was judged to have shoved Glen Johnson, but justice was done when he scored to get within five of Sir Bobby Charlton’s United record.

His disappointing 2015 looks behind him; he's started 2016 with a bang.
2. Majestic Martial
The France striker showed once again why United paid £36million – rising to £58million – for him, producing a majestic finish for his goal and setting up Rooney for United’s third.

3. Fellaini proves his worth
Marouane Fellaini may not be loved by United fans, but he proved his worth, winning everything in the air and proving a huge asset at set-pieces.

Next stop central defence?

4. Borthwick-Jackson's rise to prominence
With five full-backs injured, United were looking for cover in the window.

But with Borthwick-Jackson performing so adeptly at left-back, setting up the opener here, that need is less acute. On his birthday, the homegrown defender did very well.

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