Wayne Rooney win Man Utd goal of the year award

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Wayne Rooney's looping half-way line goal against West Ham has been voted as Manchester United's Goal of the Year in their annual end of season awards.

The 28-year-old England international took to Facebook to thank supporters who voted for his spectacular volleyed effort. 

He wrote: "Made up to have won the Manchester United Goal of the Year award last night for my goal against West Ham. Thanks to everybody that voted."

Patrice Evra's scorching half-volley opener against Bayern Munich in the Champions League came in second, while Andan Januzaj occupied the third spot.

Rooney's audacious attempt inevitably drew comparisons to David Beckham's memorable half-way line strike against Wimbledon in 1996.

The move was set in motion when Patrice Evra hoofed the ball upfield under pressure from West Ham's midfield.

As James Tomkins and Wayne Rooney positioned themselves for an aerial contest, the United striker eased his adversary out of the way, letting the ball drop just inside the Irons' half. It sat up enticingly in front of him, so Rooney, seeing Adrian off his line, unleashed a powerful, arcing volley that bested a furiously back-pedalling Adrian, bouncing once before crashing into the roof of the net.

Rooney isn't the only Premier League player to score from that distance this season, with Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey repeating the feat against Aston Villa last month.

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