Five of the best: Wayne Rooney goals
The Manchester United striker has netted some stunning goals since arriving at Old Trafford in 2004
With reports that Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United is far from certain, let's not forget that he has scored some unbelievable goals for the Red Devils.
The 27-year-old has been one of United's best and most important players over the last nine years.
Here are his five best Manchester United goals:
5. Rooney's chip against Portsmouth
The year was 2007 and Manchester United faced Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round. Rooney had already scored in the game and with just eight minutes left he produced a stunning chip that left David James rooted to the spot.
After picking up the ball just outside of the box, he then lifted his head to see James off his line and he then produced a superb chip which floated over the English keeper and nestled in the back of the net. Sensational vision and technique.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/GiF9-E1BwyI
4. Rooney's volley against Middlesborough
It was back in 2005 and United hosted Middlesborough at Old Trafford and it was one of the goals of the season.
After the ball was pumped long by the United goalkeeper, striker Louis Saha headed the ball down into the path of Rooney and he struck a first-time volley across the goal and into the back of the net. Once again showing great technique and vision.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/IfLYd6yW11s
3. Rooney's chip against Middlesborough
Choosing this one took me well over 20 minutes. I just couldn't decide which goal deserves number three as I personally believe goals one and two are everyone's best choices.
I was looking at a couple of his free-kicks, a couple of counter attack goals and some solo efforts, but I feel this is just another example of how much technique the striker has.
Rooney gets past the back-four and then lobs the outrushing goalkeeper in superb fashion. A sensational finish from a long-way out.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/_w4CBWUGmhQ
2. Rooney's volley against Newcastle United
It takes something special to beat this goal and we all know which goal will be chosen as number one - but, nevertheless, this is a quality goal.
It was 2005 and Newcastle held a shock lead at Old Trafford, until a Wayne Rooney volley from outside of the box turned the game for United.
After a long free-kick was booted forward, a Newcastle defender rose highest and headed the ball away, but only to Rooney who was bursting through the middle and, before the ball bounced, unleashed a fierce volley which flew into the top corner. Another example of the great technique the 27-year-old has.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/cTzc8dhUGg8
1. That goal against Manchester City
It's a Manchester derby, it's all level at 1-1 with just 13 minutes left. Step forward Wayne Rooney.
The goal that stunned Old Trafford, the commentators and everyone who was watching.
After a deep Nani cross was deflected into the box, Rooney halted his run, turned his back to the goalkeeper Joe Hart and just flew into the air and produced one of the greatest overhead kicks ever.
Perfect connection on the ball and it just flew over Joe Hart's head and it ended up being the winner in a fiercely-contested derby.
Watch it here: http://youtu.be/2HoZVBkdjE0
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