STOKE-ON-TRENT — Watch Wayne Rooney score a brilliant free-kick to rescue a point for Manchester United against Stoke City after the teams ended 1-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
WAYNE ROONEY, THE RECORD-BREAKER
With the goal, Rooney also became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with 250 goals, breaking the previous record of the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.
Stoke City took the lead in the first half when midfielder Juan Mata scored a 19th-minute own goal and the home side went into the break leading 1-0.
Manchester United had several chances to draw level, but the likes of Mata, Paul Pogba and substitutes Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all failed to beat goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Needing a bit of an inspiration, manager Jose Mourinho called on his captain and the England international provided a clinical free-kick that went into the top corner of the goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to snatch victory away from Stoke City and earned Manchester United vital a point.
Rooney also finally broke Charlton’s long-standing scoring record for the club and he was delighted to get it out the way.
“It means a hell of a lot. It is a great honour and I am very proud,” Rooney told Sky Sports, adding that while it was great to break the record, it was frustrating to drop two more points.
“It is difficult at the minute to be over-pleased because of the result but in the grand scheme it is huge honour,” he said.
“It is not something I expected when I joined. As I said before, I am proud and I hope there is more to come.
“The players who have played for this club have been world class. I am proud to play for this club. To be all-time goalscorer is a huge honour.”
He added on the draw: “It could be vital come the end of the season. It is no nice to lose and it looked like being the case.
“But we got a point that could be vital. There is a long way to go. A lot can happen. We have to keep picking up points.”