Wayne Rooney tied Sir Bobby Charlton’s All-Time Goalscoring record on Saturday, as Manchester United ran rampant and gave former player Jaap Stam’s side Reading a thorough beating at Old Trafford 4-0. The Red Devils side ran riot from the first whistle, as Mourinho’s selected front four tore their FA Cup opponents apart.

Marcus Rashford was brilliant, with two goals for the front man as he continued his return to form. Everyone did their part, as Michael Carrick controlled the middle of the park as usual before Bastian Schweinsteiger replaced him in the second half.

It’s Wayne Rooney’s Day

George Evans didn’t want to swap shirts with him, but Wayne Rooney’s record breaking (or tying, per se) ruled the day at Old Trafford. He’s copped plenty of blame (certainly here), but there’s no denying that his goalscoring efforts are something special. 249 goals for Manchester United, all scored in a variety of ways.

192 right foot. 27 left foot. 30 headers. 213 inside the box, 36 outside. 5 free kicks, 26 penalties. That is truly astonishing, and in 543 games. Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and others were all there to see it, and applauded whole heartedly when Rooney opened the scoring after Juan Mata provided the assist.

Now the question moves to when and where he breaks the record, and if he’ll keep his place for the midweek visit of Hull. Mourinho was obviously quick to praise his Captain post match.

Speaking about Rooney at his postmatch news conference, Mourinho said: “It is not the best day for him. The best day will arrive. It is just a question of when. It’s amazing. Everyone knows who Sir Bobby Charlton is and what he means for the history of the club and English football. For Rooney to be level is fantastic.”

Rashford Runs Riot

Marcus Rashford showed that his goalscoring drought may have been the product of playing wide as much as anything else, as he put away a brace in the big cup win. He dominated through the middle and alongside the likes of Anthony Martial were the best players on the park.

The young Englishman also showed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be rested with the likes of Rashford there to stand in his stead, and the Swede is a brilliant mentor for him. His confidence was oozing, and despite a couple of missed chances his patience paid off as he got a second half double.

Discussing Rashford, Mourinho said: “I spoke to him at half-time and said I don’t care about goals, because he had big responsibility in breaking the defensive line. But for him, as an attacking player to score, it means happiness and confidence.”

He’s working his way into form and Mourinho’s plans as United’s wheels start to turn faster than ever before.

Martial Continues to Dazzle

Anthony Martial continued to cement the left side of the attack, helping United play the Royals off the park from the first whistle. His skill helped create the first goal, whilst he grabbed the second himself with a very neat finish. Despite tabloids claiming he was unhappy and ready to leave, he looked as bright as ever.

As he did last season, the Frenchman adds a fresh and different dynamic to the attack. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reinvigorated United’s attack, and his play on the right and Martial’s on the left balances an attack that’s needed it.

He’s a bonafide first XI player, and United’s attackers are continuing to give Jose Mourinho a selection headache going forward, but it’s a brilliant one to have. This is the forward line fans have dreamed of since the Portuguese took charge, and it’s coming to fruition in a big way. Mourinho also clarified why he missed the 2-0 win over West Ham.

Explaining his management of the player, Mourinho said: “He played very well against Middlesbrough. But he had not played for a long time so we felt that, 48 hours later against West Ham, it was better not to start. Today he was fresh. He played very well again.”

Rojo Concern

Marcos Rojo limped off less than 20 minutes to the game on Saturday afternoon, causing a dilemma ahead of the Liverpool fixture for Mourinho who has made the Argentine a first XI player in recent times. With Eric Bailly unavailable on International Duty, Rojo’s more important than ever.

The irony, is that nobody saw this situation coming for United.

Heading into the Hull and Liverpool fixtures, Mourinho will have to figure out who will take Rojo’s place once they determine the extent of his injury. The manager was reluctant to make a comment post match, until he knew more.

When asked how Rojo is, Mourinho replied in his postmatch news conference: “I don’t know. I don’t like to say ‘x days’ out. Let’s wait. It’s a muscle injury.”

Expect Full Strength For Hull EFL Clash

Manchester United will welcome Hull for their EFL Cup Semi-Final on Tuesday, and Mourinho maintained that he’d deploy a very strong team as he seeks his first silverware at the club and United’s first of the season. Paul Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Ander Herrera and others would be likely to return for the game.

“Hull face a semifinal. It’s a big occasion for them. I don’t know, maybe for them — three or four days later — the Premier League match [against Bournemouth] is more important. We play against Liverpool, a big match for us, but we want to be in the final. We are going to face this difficult match with everything we have, all the power we have. We know it’s two legs but the second leg is away. If we can do something in the first leg, that gives us the advantage, so we will try to do that.”

Mourinho also said he would be taking the competition seriously, as he does all competitions. Mourinho is a winner, and wants to win everything his club is entered in. It’s a perfect match with United, who continue their revival under their new manager. Will their unbeaten streak continue through this week?