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Saturday 24 March 2018

Stoke v Manchester United - story of the match

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney became the club's outright record scorer
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney became the club's outright record scorer

Wayne Rooney broke Manchester United's all-time scoring record in dramatic fashion, bending home a stunning 250th goal to secure a hard-fought draw at Stoke deep in stoppage time.

Just as the match looked to be slipping through United's fingers at the bet365 Stadium, the 31-year-old stepped up - like he has done so many times since joining from Everton in 2004 - to land a crucial blow.

Rooney's outstanding free-kick sent the visiting support wild, cancelling out Juan Mata's first-half own goal and securing a 1-1 draw that saw the captain move clear as United's all-time top scorer in front of Sir Bobby Charlton, the previous record holder.


"Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer. Congratulations, @WayneRooney. #ROONEY250" - United congratulate Rooney via their official Twitter account.


Rooney. After coming off the bench in the 67th minute, the United skipper saved it until the death to have a real impact - but what an impact. His goal was a history-maker, an outstanding strike and showed he can still make a difference.


Rooney's goal. The substitute stepped up to take the free-kick from the left, just outside the box, and swept the ball high into the net in superb style.


While delighted for Rooney after United's unbeaten run was extended to 17 matches, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will be frustrated this was not a victory given the number of chances his men - still sixth in the Premier League table - had to score. There will also be frustration from opposite number Mark Hughes, whose team failed to hold on for the win despite some heroic play at the back from the likes of Lee Grant, Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi.



Lee Grant 8 (out of 10)

Glen Johnson 7

Ryan Shawcross 8

Bruno Martins Indi 8

Erik Pieters 7

Charlie Adam 6

Glenn Whelan 6

Xherdan Shaqiri 6

Joe Allen 6

Marko Arnautovic 6

Peter Crouch 6


Ibrahim Afellay (for Adam, 63 mins) 6

Julien Ngoy (for Shaqiri, 73 mins) 5

Giannelli Imbula (for Arnautovic, 88 mins) 5

Manchester United

David de Gea 6

Antonio Valencia 6

Phil Jones 6

Chris Smalling 6

Daley Blind 6

Ander Herrera 6

Marouane Fellaini 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6

Paul Pogba 6

Juan Mata 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6


Marcus Rashford (for Fellaini, 56 mins) 6

Wayne Rooney (for Mata, 66 mins) 8

Jesse Lingard (for Mkhitaryan, 73 mins) 6


Stoke v Everton (Premier League, February 1)

Hull v Manchester United (EFL Cup, January 26)

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