Wayne Rooney left his footprint on FA Cup third-round day with the first goal in holders Manchester United’s 4-0 rout of Championship side Reading on Saturday to draw level with Bobby Charlton as the club’s record scorer.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) January 7, 2017
His seventh-minute effort took his United tally to 249 since joining the 12-times Cup winners in 2004, but Rooney failed to surpass Charlton’s long-standing mark as Anthony Martial and two late goals from Marcus Rashford completed United’s comfortable victory at Old Trafford.
Rooney on moving level on goals with Sir Bobby: “It’s a proud moment – I’m hugely honoured. Hopefully I’ll be out there on my own soon!” pic.twitter.com/PhtVQrMyk7
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 7, 2017
“I think it’s just a question of time to score one more goal and become in the history of Manchester United. It’s arriving; the big moment for him is arriving,” manager Jose Mourinho said after his side’s eighth straight win in all competitions.
Premier League champions Leicester City enjoyed some respite from a poor campaign as they claimed a first away victory in domestic competitions this season with Ahmed Musa scoring twice in a 2-1 victory at Everton.
Surprises were in short supply on one of the standout days in the English soccer calendar but five top flight clubs departed, three at the hands of lower league sides.
The most notable came in south London where League One (third tier) Millwall humbled top-flight Bournemouth 3-0.