Rooney sets new European goals record for Manchester United


25 November, 2016

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring at Old Trafford as Manchester United beat Feyenoord 4-0 in their Europa League group stage clash.

The strike also moved him to within just one of Bobby Charlton's overall club goalscoring record, a welcome boost after he was criticised following the emergence of images appearing to show him drunk while on worldwide duty with England.

"We needed four points". Rashford had a shot on target that was saved and played a key pass in the build-up to the third goal.

A draw or win at Zorya Luhansk in their final group game will now see United into the last 32.

A week earlier, Rooney had apologised for published pictures that had supposedly been taken of him while socialising among a late-night wedding party while he was on global duty as England captain.

Responding to questions over Rooney's recent indiscretions following England's win over Scotland where he was photographed being drunk at a wedding, the Swede added: "I think when you are famous like that, people are interested".

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Rooney will be hoping to have done enough to keep his spot in the side for West Ham United's visit to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Rooney produced arguably his best display of the season in Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over Feyenoord, in which he scored the opening goal before setting up Juan Mata for the second.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when Rooney fed the ball to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned it to him with a delightful through ball, and the striker-given the benefit of the doubt by the linesman-deftly lifted the ball over the on-rushing Jones.

Energised by the goal, United began to turn it on the second half. Even Mkhitaryan came out of his shell and began enjoying himself in the second half, and though his appeals for a foul were rather harshly overlooked when he took on and nearly beat the entire Feyenoord defence, the smarter option might have been to pass to Rooney who was up in support and unmarked.

As well as becoming United's top scorer in Europe, Rooney is now also just one goal off Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record for the club, reaching 248 goals on Thursday.

Sixty seconds later Mkhitaryan had United supporters out of their seats again with a surging, slaloming run from his own half deep into enemy territory past three Feyenoord defenders. Lingard has sent his ball on the net by used his left foot to the touch from Jones and the post.

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