Manchester United supporters were brimming with delight after Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s 43-year long goalscoring record with a sensational strike during their side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
The captain, who equalled Charlton’s record against Reading earlier this month, came on against Stoke with 23 minutes remaining and rifled home a sensational free-kick to become Man United’s all-time top goalscorer.
United fans were quick to hail Rooney for reaching such a monumental milestone against Mark Hughes’ side.
A huge congratulations to Wayne Rooney for becoming Manchester United's all-time top goalscorer. 250 goals. Top scorer for club and country.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 21, 2017
He's been an arse for a long time but Jesus Christ, well done Rooney. Immense contribution.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) January 21, 2017
Absolute God, love Wayne Rooney
— Joel Searson (@JoelSearson) January 21, 2017
— Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) January 21, 2017
For many supporters Rooney has been, above anything, a source of frustration in recent times: too slow, too immobile, too unreliable on the ball and, crucially, poor in front of goal. His last Premier League goal before the strike against Stoke, for instance, dates back to the opening game of the season – against AFC Bournemouth.
But even the staunchest anti-Rooney fanatic would have to admit that what the 31-year-old has achieved is nothing short of historical. This is, after all, the all-time top goalscorer for United and England; his name will go down in history, and all United supporters – regardless of their current feelings towards Rooney – ought to recognise that their captain has just achieved something truly, truly special.