Manchester Derby: Wayne Rooney Scores 150th Premiership Goal


Wayne Rooney, Man United v Man City

Manchester Derby: Wayne Rooney Scores 150th Premiership Goal

Rooney scored twice to overhaul Sir Bobby Charlton and become United’s record scorer in derby matches - and  the seventh player to reach the 150-goal mark in the England Premier League.

Rooney believes United’s win on Sunday was the perfect response to the taunts they received from City fans following last season’s title blow-up.

“Obviously we took a bit of stick before and during the game from the City fans, so it was great to remind them who we are and what we are about – and it was great for our fans too,” he said.

“We’ve waited a long time for this to happen. It’s right up there as my best derby.

“They’ve had a great record at the Etihad Stadium and to spoil that is a great feeling.

“I was a bit disappointed that we threw away a two-goal lead and it looked like it was going to end in a draw, but the goal at the end was a bit of magic from Robin van Persie and it sparked great celebrations from fans, players and the coaches.

"It was a great game for the Premier League, great action end to end but a bit tough at times.”

Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Rooney to turn his sudden scoring burst into a purple patch to fuel United’s title charge.

Rooney scored 34 goals last season.

Rooney has seven goals so far in this campaign, but Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson said, “Knowing him, he will go on a run now. That’s the kind of player he has always been.

“His finishes were terrific. They were good cut-backs from Ashley Young and Rafael. The first goal was down to Ashley’s determination to get beyond defenders and play him in, and he knocked it into the corner of the net. They were two good finishes. He has made a really good contribution.”

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