The captain, with his side trailing, came on after 67 minutes and rifled home a sensational free-kick in injury time, etching his name into the history books as Man United’s all-time top scorer.
Rooney’s goal – a free-kick that flew into the top corner from a seemingly impossible angle – took his total to 250 and ensured that record was finally broken after 43 years.
Neville was quick to heap praise on the captain for reaching a truly sensational milestone.
Congratulations @WayneRooney on an incredible achievement
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 21, 2017
Recent years have overseen a increasingly large number of United fans sour towards Rooney, with many bemoaning the captain’s sapping influence on their side’s power and speed going forward.
But regardless of your current stance on the captain, United fans ought to celebrate the fact that their club bought an 18-year-old who went on to become the club’s – and England’s – all time top goalscorer, winning every conceivable trophy along the way. Sometimes football – amid the usual cacophony of farce, vitriol and corruption – can produce truly wonderful stories, and Rooney’s story, a story that could only happen at United, is indeed one of them.