It’s official – Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United’s record goalscorer in Europe with 39 goals.
Rooney’s first-half chip against Feyenoord in Thursday’s Europa League match at Old Trafford sent him clear of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s impressive tally of 38, which the Reds captain equalled when he netted in the away defeat to Fenerbahce earlier this month.
The next personal achievement in Rooney’s sights is, of course, the club’s all-time record for goals in all competitions. His strike against Feyenoord was his 248th for United, just one short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing total of 249.
After the match, Rooney spoke of his delight at netting a record-breaking goal for the Reds, saying: “It’s a great feeling to score goals and to score goals for this club. I’m pleased and I’m sure there’s plenty more to come. I’m happy with the win first of all but also with the goal.
“We’re pleased we got the four goals,” he added. “I think the second goal killed the game. We knew even though we were in control of the game at 1-0 you never know what can happen so the second one really killed them off. I think overall we played some good stuff. ”
38RUUD VAN NISTELROOY
22SIR BOBBY CHARLTON
20OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER