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Wayne Rooney equals Charlton's ManU record

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's joint leading scorer of all time when he scored his 249th goal for the club on Saturday in the FA Cup third-round tie against Reading.

Rooney, the record scorer for England's national team, netted in the seventh minute at Old Trafford to equal the mark set by Bobby Charlton..

After missing three games with a thigh injury, Rooney was recalled to the starting line-up for the third-round contest with the Royals and started brightly, flicking on for Marcus Rashford to fire wide inside the first minute.

Moments later he had the chance to equal Charlton's record when he brought down Marcos Rojo's long pass but Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi denied him.

However, history would not have to wait much longer as Rooney found the net in the seventh minute.

From the left, Martial knocked the ball past Wales international Chris Gunter and found Mata inside, with his clip across being converted by Rooney, who managed to beat Al Habsi despite not getting a clean contact on his attempt.

The United skipper greeted the landmark with a small fist pump while the PA announcer mentioned his landmark strike while reading out the scorer's name to the crowd.

Both Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager who brought Rooney to Old Trafford 13 years earlier, were seen smiling amongst the spectators after the strike.

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