Four years ago today: Wayne Rooney inspires amazing Manchester United comeback against Spurs

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Four years ago today, Wayne Rooney scored twice in a sensational Manchester United comeback against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

It was a match full of great drama as Spurs had taken a 2-0 lead into half time through Darren Bent and Luka Modric, before a second half blitz from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side made it 5-2.

Wayne Rooney’s brace won him the Man of the Match award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who also scored a brace, and Dimitar Berbatov, the other goalscorer.

There was controversy early in the second half when former Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick was adjudged to have been brought down by Heurelho Gomes.

After the game Ferguson admitted the penalty award was fortunate but insisted the real story was his team’s incredible fight back in the second half.

Ronaldo despatched the penalty before Rooney finished off a lightning quick counter-attack to level the score by firing in at the near post.

The England star then turned provider and swung in a vicious dipping cross for his Portuguese teammate to head Manchester United into a 3-2 lead.

Another classy move involving Berbatov and Ronaldo ended with Rooney sliding home at the back post, despite the desperate attempts of Tottenham’s defenders to stop it.

Rooney’s second goal completed a devastating four minutes, in which Manchester United scored three goals to completely demoralise the club from White Hart Lane.

The fifth and final goal was another thing of beauty and Rooney was provider once more, chipping a delightful cross into the box for Berbatov to, eventually, tap home.

Watch the highlights from the brilliant Manchester United comeback below:

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