Wayne Rooney thanks fans after reaching Facebook milestone

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has thanked his supporters after reaching 19 million fans on Facebook.

Just a few weeks after cracking the 18m mark, the England international received his 19 millionth "Like" on the social network earlier this week.

Rooney said on his official Facebook page: "Just had a look on my Facebook to see I've reached 19 million fans. Wow! Thank you for all the support."

The United star is currently training ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland at Old Trafford.

It will be Ryan Giggs's second game in charge as interim boss since he replaced David Moyes, and the United legend will be looking for a similar performance from his squad.

Rooney scored twice as United beat Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford last weekend, which takes his goal tally for the season to 19.

With 19 million fans, Rooney is one of the most popular footballers on Facebook - although he's got some way to go to rival Cristiano Ronaldo, by far the most followed player on the social media site.

His former United teammate is closing in on 80 million fans.

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