Wayne Rooney makes surprise choice for his most memorable goal

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Wayne Rooney has made a career out of finding the back of the net. The Manchester United striker has been one of the most prolific players in the Premier League era and will continue his quest in 2016/17 to climb the ladder of the all-time top scorers since the division was created.

With a whole host of strikes to choose from, most people will usually answer in unison when asked the question, what was Rooney's most memorable goal?

Easy, his sensational overhead kick against Manchester City, perhaps one of the finest examples of an art form which no player has ever truly mastered, plus it secured a precious 2-1 victory for United and helped propel them to the title.


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Many cite it as the finest goal ever scored in the Premier League and there certainly is a case to be made for that argument.

However, the man himself who lept mid-air to meet Nani's cross and acrobatically power the ball past Joe Hart does not believe his sensational derby winner is his most memorable goal.

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In fact, the goal Rooney rates as his most memorable is not one which slots into the sensational category, rather it is a strike with a huge emphasis on importance and a display of his calmness under immense pressure.

While the striker rates his 'best' goal as the aforementioned strike against City, his penalty against Blackburn Rovers to seal the title in 2011 was his most memorable:

Norwich City v Manchester United - Barclays Premier League

He said, according to Goal: "The overhead kick [against City] is the best one. It was 1-1, 10-15 minutes to go so it was the winning goal in the derby so that was a great feeling and it won us the game. Then we went on to win the league.

"But I think the most memorable one was Blackburn away, the penalty late on. If I scored we won the league. So it was pressure taking it, there was a big delay before I took it so I had to try and keep myself calm and thankfully I scored and we won the league. That was a moment.

"There was huge pressure but I got through it and it was a really memorable one." (Source: Goal)


So there you have it. Evidence that sometimes, players place the success of the team in their own personal choices rather than the individual brilliance they have produced.

Will Rooney have another moment of importance to deliver in 2016/17? Who's to say, Jose Mourinho may not even play him.

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