West Ham 0-2 Manchester United, Premier League – 22 March, 2014
Although not his “favourite” goal and simply a “nice” goal, Wayne Rooney may have scored the goal of the Premier League season with this stunning half-volley that was nearly from halfway line mark of the field in Manchester United‘s 2-0 win over West Ham at Upton Park yesterday.
From just inside the halfway line after seven minutes at Upton Park, Rooney sensationally half-volleyed the ball over goalkeeper Adrian, who was caught off his goal line – with David Beckham watching from the stands.
Rooney outmuscled Hammers James Tomkins on the halfway line, allowing the ball bounce in front of him before executing the perfect lob from nearly 50 yards into the back of the net.
Hammers Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, who had strayed off his line, scrambled back in vain as the ball bounced into an empty net.
Rooney’s goal was reminiscent to one of David Beckham’s most memorable Manchester United goals – the audacious lob over Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the halfway line on the first day of the 1996-97 season, when United went on to win the league.
Video: David Beckham’s halfway line strike – Wimbledon 0-3 Manchester United, Premier League – August 17, 1996
After scoring the spectacular long range goal on Saturday, Wayne Rooney‘s humble response was “I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite.”
“It’s just instinct,” Rooney said. “It’s one of those I’ve tried many times and thankfully today it’s gone in.”
David Beckham, who is in attendance at Upton Park, was seen applauding Rooney’s goal.
But when asked if his goal was better than Beckham’s, Rooney jokingly said: “Of course.”
The England striker has now 212 United goals — third-most in the team history.
Man Utd’s all-time goalscorers
249 – Sir Bobby Charlton
237 – Denis Law
212 – Wayne Rooney
211 – Jack Rowley
179 – Dennis Viollet, George Best