Premier League | Saturday January 21, 2017 | bet365 Stadium | Attendance: 27,423 | Scorers: Mata 19min (own goal), Rooney 90+4min

Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Stoke City
7-8-7, 9th Premier League
J. Mata 19′
Manchester United
11-3-8, 6th Premier League
W. Rooney 90’+4′
It was a scrappy match from the beginning but Captain Wayne Rooney made history by becoming Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer with a stunning free-kick in stoppage time to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

Though Rooney achieved a feat by beating United legend Bobby Charlton to the all-time leading scorer, the mood was dampened with the lone point achieved on Saturday. The captain curled home a spectacular effort in the 94th-minute to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s longstanding record and net his 250th goal for the club.

It was like a lightening bolt from nowhere when without any inkling, Stoke took the lead after 19 minutes when a low cross by Stoke City’s Pieters deflected off United’s midfielder Mata at the near post and went through United goalie De Gea. Juan Mata was presented with a great opportunity to make amends for the own goal, but the Spaniard could only turn Zlatan’s square pass over the crossbar – and I was devastated.


Possession: Stoke 39% United 61%

Shots: Stoke 1 United 12

Shots on target: Stoke 0 United 4

Corners: Stoke 0 United 3

During the 2nd half, I think that referee Mark Clattenburg denied United a penalty kick after Mata’s shot from Pogba’s was blocked by the hand of Stokes’ Whelan as he went to ground.

In no time Jose Mourinho introduced Captain Wayne Rooney in place of Juan Mata.


Photo: Captain Wayne Rooney (left) celebrates after scoring his United’s 250th goal to become the current Manchester United leading goal scorer.

As the match was coming to an agonizing close, in the dying stages of the match, Lingard struck the crossbar with a fine shot before Rooney made history by becoming Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer with a stunning free-kick in stoppage time to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw to earn a share of the spoils for Manchester United.


Possession: Stoke 35% United 65%

Shots: Stoke 6 United 25

Shots on target: Stoke 1 United 8

Corners: Stoke 1 United 7


Stoke City: Grant; Johnson, Shawcross (c), Martins Indi, Pieters; Adam (Afellay 63), Whelan; Shaqiri (Ngoy 74), Allen, Arnautovic (Imbula 88); Crouch.

Subs not used: Given; Bardsley, Muniesa, Bojan.

Booked: Arnautovic, Grant, Pieters, Allen 

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling (c), Blind; Pogba, Herrera; Mata (Rooney 67), Fellaini (Rashford 56), Mkhitaryan (Lingard 73); Ibrahimovic.

Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Carrick, Schweinsteiger.



Wayne Rooney has surpassed Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s leading goalscorer of all time.

The Manchester United captain reached his remarkable tally of 250 strikes when he netted a stunning late equalizer against Stoke City in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

GQ Men of the Year Awards
GQ Men of the Year Awards 2013 at the Royal Opera House – Arrivals Featuring: Bobby Charlton Where: London, United Kingdom When: 03 Sep 2013 Credit:

Sir Bobby Charlton told

“It’s over 40 years since I scored the last of my 249 goals for Manchester United, so I must admit that I have become used to the honour of being the club’s all-time top goalscorer!

We have had some incredible strikers here at Old Trafford and they have scored a lot of goals, but it has been fairly obvious for a while now that Wayne Rooney was going to be the one likeliest to break my record, and now that day has come, I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record. However, I can honestly say that I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books.

He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England. It has been great to watch him every week since his arrival at Old Trafford in 2004; he set the tone with a wonderful hat-trick on his debut and he has thrilled us all in the years since, going on to enjoy a hugely successful career.

I was 35 when I retired. Wayne is only 31 and still going strong, so I don’t think he’s done by a long stretch yet. He continues to show that he can contribute goals, assists and performances whenever called upon, he will raise the bar even further before he calls it a day. Now he’s the man to beat, and I can’t see anybody doing that for a long, long time.”

MANUTD reports that Wayne Rooney, the record-breaker, was signed by United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 18 after rising to stardom at Everton and has been a consistent contributor to United’s scoresheet since netting a hat-trick on his debut, in the 6-2 Champions League victory over Fenerbahce on 28 September 2004.


Sir Alex Ferguson told

“I would like to say huge congratulations to Wayne on reaching this milestone. It is no mean feat to score so many goals and he breaks a record that has stood for over 40 years. Wayne thoroughly deserves his place in the history books of this great club and I am sure that he will go on to score many more goals. Well done Wayne, I am absolutely delighted for you, you have been a great servant to this club and long may it continue.”

Rooney, now aged 31, equalled Sir Bobby’s long-standing record of 249 United goals when he opened the scoring against Reading in the FA Cup third round earlier this month.

Captain Wayne Rooney has done it!

Congratulations to Rooney from me and Madjack United.


Boss Jose Mourinho is not happy with the Stoke draw after the match. Nevertheless, Mourinho praised Captain Wayne Rooney’s historic achievement as the Manchester United all-time leading goal scorer.

Wayne Rooney overtook United legend Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading scorer with his 250th goal done with a superb free-kick in stoppage time to rescue a point in the Potteries.

Mourinho’s post-match interview with MUTV . . .


Not happy with point

“Of course I am disappointed. Again I say many times, a draw is a good result when the opponent is better than you and a draw is a good result when you are being dominated [by the opponent] and in the end you manage to leave with that point. But when you are the team that chases the result, the team that creates the chances, the team that misses the chances and on top of that you score only an own goal, then obviously I cannot be happy with a point.”

Rooney record

“The achievement is wonderful – it stays in the history of our club I think for many, many, many years for sure. But I think it’s time now for him to enjoy and for everyone to forget it and let it go.”

Good team spirit

“Nothing wrong with the spirit. Nothing wrong with the connection between the team and the fans. Everybody believes until the end but you have to be really strong to believe when you start the game and you start immediately missing chances and some of them quite easy chances. And on top of that, you score an own goal – I don’t know who scored the goal, if it was Mata, if it was De Gea. I can’t even decide which one scored. So it’s hard but again the spirit is fantastic and I think it’s very important.”

Keeping Stoke at bay

“David [De Gea] didn’t touch the ball. The defenders did exactly what we trained during the week – to keep Peter Crouch always far from goal. Obviously Peter is not dangerous outside the box, he’s dangerous inside the box but I don’t remember him touching one step in the box except one situation in the second half. Even corners where they are very dangerous they didn’t have many or if they had one or two max.”

Dominant display

“We were very dominant. It would be a football crime if we lose the game. But I’m not happy because I keep not understanding how we miss so many chances every game.”



My take: Well, Rooney became a living legend on Saturday – sort of. However, a point at this stage of the Premier League, while you’re no. 6 on the table, is not quite a charming thing – if you ask me. What else can I do than to say these words – as usual . . .

Up Man U!


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