'Huge honour' - Wayne Rooney reacts to equalling Denis Law's Man United scoring record
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney joined Denis Law as the club's second highest scorer of all time as he powered home a headed winner to see off CSKA Moscow in the Champions League – but this was another a less than convincing display from Louis van Gaal’s team.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand described aspects of United’s display against their Russian rivals as worrying, but Rooney insisted it was tough for his side to impress against opponents that lacked attacking intent.
“It is difficult when teams come and defend and it is tough to break them down,” Rooney told BT Sport, on a night when he bagged his 237th goal for United.
“We had to keep grinding at them, keep digging away and thankfully the chance came in the end and we got the goal. It is a big win for us.
“A lot of teams we play against now, they defend deep. Anyone who has played the game will tell you that is tough when you don’t get an early goal.
“We are top of the group now and if we have a big game against PSV Eindhoven at home next. If we make sure we win that game, it will almost certainly give us qualification.”
Rooney offered these words on his achievement of joining Law in second place on United’s list of all-time scoring greats.
“Denis Law is a legend of this club. To equal his goal scoring record is a huge honour for me and I’m delighted to equal his record,” added Rooney, who is now just 12 goals behind United’s all-time top scorer Bobby Charlton.
Rooney’s former United team-mate Ferdinand believes Rooney answered some of his critics with his fine header to see off CSKA Moscow, after weeks of criticism for the striker.
“He always seems to just pop up with a goal when it’s needed,” said Ferdinand. “The pressure was on, people were doubting him. Is he over the hill? Is he too old now? He always seems to come good.
“Rooney was in the place where he needed to be to finish if off. It was a worrying night for United at times, but the got the job done in the end.”