Wayne Rooney books World Cup 2018 spot with stunning consolation
- By Football Burp
Wayne Rooney ensured his place at the next World Cup with a stunning late consolation goal as Man Utd lost 2-1 at Fenerbahçe.
The England midfielder’s MLS-tastic strike partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimović reached new heights as he equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s club record of 38 European goals.
Receiving the ball some forty yards out, Rooney turned, checked if he could switch the play with a trademark side-lob, realised he probably couldn’t and resigned himself to having a go before lashing it into the top corner.
It was a moment of futile genius that harked back to, if not quite his golden days, then definitely that season under David Moyes where he huffed and puffed but still scored a few as United finished 7th.
Rooney is now just two goals away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goals record for the Red Devils, a feat which at his current rate he should just about accomplish by the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Stephen, a Wayne Rooney fan from central London, was adamant that his idol has still got it.
He said: “He’s still got it.
“See that goal in the Europa League? Blammo! Vintage Rooney.
“Still got it. Still.”
He added: “Er, I’ll let you know when he hasn’t got it anymore.”