By James Johnson
Wayne Rooney might not have hit the heights of last season but Wayne Rooney is getting back into form at just the right time.
Saturday’s comeback against West Ham saw Rooney score his 100th league goal in Manchester United colours.
Rooney is one of the few players in the Man United squad who are capable of scoring world class goals in the most pressured situations. Whilst a couple of the goals listed are not the best goals he has ever scored and people will argue as to the merits of the list, I’m basing this list on my favourite Rooney goals not just the best Rooney goals. The goals against Fenerbache were close to being in the top five simply for the fact that he got a hat trick on his debut at Old Trafford, and then of course there was the goal against AC Milan in the last minute and many others that I have no doubt forgotten.
This is what I regard as my top five Rooney goals:
5. Portsmouth – The inch perfect chip that left David James looking even more bemused than usual. The most precise and technical of the goals listed, showed his technical ability off to a tee. The hint of Cantona about it doesn’t hurt either.
4. Everton Away – A game and goal that will live long in the memory. Phil Neville doing us a favour, Chris Eagles Bambi legs when slotting in the fourth, and Rooney’s goal, the third that completed the comeback that all but won us the league.
3. Arsenal Away – A goal that sums Rooney up perfectly. He firstly has the strength to hold off the defender, gives a perfect pass to Nani, runs the length of the pitch simply bypassing defenders and then to top it off he produces a superb finish to slot it him. This goal always gets compared to Ronaldo’s in the Champions League Semi Final, for me this one just edges it for the better goal of the two.
2. Newcastle – The goal that starts most of the YouTube compilations of Rooney moments. After giving the Referee a mouthful he decides he best get on with the game, and from nowhere smacks the ball in the top corner.
1. City – Coming months after THAT refusal to sign a contract and the subsequent U Turn, after months of not playing well, after another pretty poor performance Rooney produced that goal to win the Derby. A goal that might just have kick started his season, and a goal that left Mike Summerbee looking even more ridiculous than usual in the Sky Studio. Mike might not do stats but sadly for him everyone else does, the most important one was the one in the top left corner.
Hopefully come the end of the season I have to edit this piece after he produces some more moments that live long in the memory. Wembley in the semi final is as good a place to start. Hopefully if he does score he won’t scare anybody at home by approaching any cameras and discussing the merits of his goal.
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