Wayne Rooney produced a magical goal today for Manchester United — a lob of West Ham’s goalkeeper from 51 yards out:
David Beckham — Man U legend and boyhood West Ham fan — was at the match. Beckham burst into the spotlight 18 years ago with a similar strike against Wimbledon:
Beckham’s goal was from a little bit further out. But Rooney struck his on the half volley, making it all the more outrageous.
Rooney wanted desperately to leave Manchester United last summer. Now he’s wearing the captain’s arm band for manager David Moyes with whom he clashed so bitterly at the end of his Everton days.
And he’s keeping Man U afloat in this, their worst season in memory. Without Rooney, United would probably be battling Southampton and Newcastle United for 8th place instead of Everton and Tottenham for 5th place and a spot in European competition (which must be humiliating enough).