The 30-year-old was on hand to score the winner less than a quarter of an hour from time in a smash and grab victory for the Reds, who only mustered one shot on target throughout the match. It was Rooney’s first goal at Anfield in over 10 years and, being a former Everton player, it was certainly one that meant a lot to him.
The strike also gave the skipper the record of most Premier League goals for a single club, scoring his 176th league goal for Man United and perhaps one of his most important. Rooney was clearly ecstatic after the game and did little to hide his excitement at claiming all three points.
“This is a special feeling, obviously. It is always great to score at your rivals and, against Liverpool for this football club, it is a massive result. On a personal note it doesn’t get much better,” Rooney told BBC Sport.
He also gave an indication of how much the game meant to both players and fans. United were far from their best against the Merseysiders but the skipper will not be giving that much thought, as he added: “Today the performance wasn’t that important – the result was all that mattered.”
It was clear just how much the win meant to everyone associated with the club but there was also plenty of evidence to suggest that improvement is required if United are to finish in the top four this season. The victory moves them up to fifth place in the league, two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and they will want to go on a run now to keep pressure on those ahead of them.