Rooney wonder goal sets United up for another victory

Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:10pm EDT
 
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney scored twice, the first an astonishing 58-metre volleyed contender for Goal of the Season, as Manchester United won their second game in four days by brushing aside West Ham United 2-0 at Upton Park on Saturday.

The two first-half goals moved Rooney, 28, above Jack Rowley into third place on United's all-time scoring chart with 212 behind Bobby Charlton (249) and Denis Law (237).

The England forward struck his astonishing first goal in the seventh minute from just inside West Ham's half after winning a battle for a loose ball with central defender James Tomkins.

Rooney, skippering the side, glanced up and saw Spanish goalkeeper Adrian off his line before blasting his shot high into the air and watching it bounce before landing in the net.

Rooney joked that the effort was even better than David Beckham's famous goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996 and the former United midfielder, watching in the directors box, gave a big smile of recognition as it went in.

Asked about his wonder strike, Rooney told Sky Sports: "I think it's just instinct. I've turned, had a quick look and seen the goalkeeper is off his line. I've tried that many times but thankfully it's gone in.

"You try them in training, you try it in games, but it's not often they come off. When they do it's great for me and the team to put us in such a position."

TOO GOOD   Continued...

 
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring a goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at the Boleyn Ground in London March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Winning