It has been a tough season for Wayne Rooney in front of goal, although it is partly down to the striker being played out of position.
There have been seasons in which Rooney has scored more than 20 goals quite comfortably. However, it looks like he will struggle to even reach a tally of 10 this season. The 30-year-old has come up with only six goals in 20 league outings. His latest goal in the 2-1 win over Swansea was only his third in the league this season. However, it has great significance as far as the player is concerned since it helped him move past Denis Law as the second-highest scorer for the club.
Rooney had been level with Law’s record for the past few months. The United legend had scored 237 goals in his career. Rooney went past this record with a back heel effort against Swansea. The goal also earned United a much-needed victory after almost 10 games. Following the match, manager Louis Van Gaal praised the striker by saying that it is an incredible achievement for someone who is just 30 years old. Rooney will now try and aim to become the highest goalscorer for United. He can achieve this record once he gets past Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals.
“It is amazing and that at the age of 30 years. Of course now we are playing much more matches but still it is an achievement. Fantastic. For me, it is an achievement that he scores now and he scored today. I hope it’s a fantastic starting point for the team and also for him. I am always demanding he makes runs to the first post. He scores also a fantastic goal, with his left foot behind his right foot and you cannot imagine what a goal that is,” said Van Gaal.