Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney celebrates his 30th birthday on Saturday, the day before the Red Devils' huge clash with Manchester City.
The England captain has come in for some criticism following a slow start to the new Premier League season, and it often seems he is taken for granted by his own supporters.
New kid on the block Anthony Martial has hit the ground running since his summer move from AS Monaco and Rooney's position in the side has been a source of heavy debate.
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Having found the back of the net just twice in the league this season there is a doubt over his ability to lead the line for Louis van Gaal's men. But statistics provided by the Guardian, via Opta, show just how devastating Rooney has been since bursting onto the scene at Everton.
In terms of Premier League goals before turning 30, the United captain's 187 strikes puts him ahead of Alan Shearer (176), Thierry Henry (174) and Robbie Fowler (152).
That said, Shearer went on to score 84 more goals after his 30th birthday, taking his total to 260. At his current rate, Rooney may struggle to catch the record set by the Newcastle United legend before he hangs up his boots.
Speaking before the Red Devils' 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in midweek, the Croxteth-born forward claimed he was a team player above all and the number of goals he has created backs up that statement.
England's all-time record goalscorer has made 90 goals during his 12-year career, putting him ahead of Shearer, Henry, Fowler and Andy Cole.
There is no shying away from the fact Rooney has not been at his best this season. Whether playing as a striker or just behind he has not been at the expected standard.
His influence as captain, on and off the field, can not be understated. But he can not continue to be picked solely on his leadership ability.
His display against Everton proved he still has the ability to be effective for the Red Devils, but showings like that have been few and far between this season.
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