Wayne Rooney scored against Feyenoord on Thursday taking his tally to 39 European goals- a record for the club. Rooney had been in tepid form all season, as the demands of Premier League is finally looking to take it’s toll on his body. The 31 year old England captain has struggled for form and confidence, but rolled back the years as he put in a fantastic performance against Feyenoord.
He scored one and assisted Juan Mata for the second goal, as the Red Devils romped to a 4-0 victory against Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s men. During the last international weekend, Rooney got into the news for his off-the-pitch antics as he was spotted drinking heavily and was rumoured to have gatecrashed a wedding. Teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was effusive in his praise for the football legend, as he believes recent criticisms about Rooney’s performance is unfair.
The Englishman scored his 39th European goal for the Red Devils, which means he moved a goal ahead of Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the all-time European goalscorers list at the club, which has to be something worthy of praise, given the world class players that have played in the famous red shirt. The likes of George Best, Eric Cantona and Nilstelrooy are legends at the club and it is of note that Rooney has topped that fabled lot.
Ibrahimovic while speaking to reporters after the the Feyenoord said,
“First of all, as a person, he’s fantastic,” “I had the luck to get to know the person. As a player, there are no words. He’s the perfect player: everybody knows what he can do and what he has done.
“When you’re a person like that, people are interested. I don’t know what happened [on England duty] and I didn’t even ask him because it’s not important for me, and I’m 100 per cent sure that the media doesn’t know what really happened.” he added.
Rooney is just a goal behind Bobby Charlton in the topscorers chart of the Red Devils. Rooney burst out on the scene after scoring against Arsenal as a 16 year old in 2002, and is a certified Premier League legend, as he has pumped in goals on a consistent level over the years.