Manchester came back from a 1-0 deficit to settle for a stalemate at the Bet365 Stadium courtesy of Wayne Rooney’s late minute spectacular equaliser to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s United goalscoring record in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City in Saturday’s EPL clash.
The United captain couldn’t have chosen a nice path to secure his 250th goal for Manchester United from a free kick with time running late for the Red Devils after an unfortunate own goal by Spanish international Juan Mata giving Stoke City an early advantage.
Rooney was delighted with his goal scoring record.having lost two points away to Stoke city, doing little to advance the Red Devil’s title ambitions as they trail League leader Chelsea by 11 points with “The Blues” due to playing Hull City on Sunday.
“It means a hell of a lot,” said Rooney.
“It is a great honour and I am very proud.
“It is difficult at the minute to be over-pleased because of the result but in the grand scheme, it is a huge honour.
“It is not something I expected when I joined. As I said before, I am proud and I hope there is more to come.”
However, United manager Mourinho has expressed his delights towards the club captain saying the record has allowed Rooney to be termed a legend.
“The record is the record. It is the record of the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in the world,” said the Portuguese coach.
“Before him, the record belonged to a legend of English football. Now Wayne becomes a legend of Manchester United.”
“We looked at set-pieces before the game and we knew it could be important today Mourinho added.
“When we got it, I actually indicated to (Ander) Herrera that I was going to shoot, to make sure the players try and get across the keeper to try and put him off. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in.”