Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Manchester United yesterday when he kneed a Juan Mata cross in to the back of the net against Reading. United won 4-0 and booked their place in to the next round in the FA Cup, meaning they are still the only Premier League team still competing on four fronts.

This goal was Rooney’s 249th for United which was hailed as a club record, along with Sir Bobby Charlton. However, for some reason, the total counted by United doesn’t include the two goals he scored against Verona in the Anglo-Italian Cup. This game was a competitive fixture so the record actually stands at 251 goals.

Rooney may well score 252 by the end of the season anyway, although it’s taken him 23 games to score four goals this season. Chances are he will move on in the summer so he’s up against the clock to claim the record.




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