FA Cup: Rooney Equals Charlton Record As United Spank Reading

By James Agberebi:

Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United’s goalscoring record after getting the first goal in the Red Devil’s 4-0 win against Reading in the third round of the FA Cup at the Old Trafford on Saturday.

Rooney scored in the seventh minute for United to become the club’s joint-highest scorer with Charlton on 249 goals.

United’s second goal was by Anthony Martial off a brilliant interchange of play with Rooney, while Marcus Rashford bagged a brace.

The win means United have now won eight straight games, the first time since 2009.

United almost had the perfect start on just 34 seconds through Marcus Rashford but his curler went inches wide.

Just minutes later United went close again only for Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi to deny Rooney following a pass from Marcos Rojo.

But it didn’t take long before United’s dominance was eventually rewarded as Rooney found the back of the net on seventh minutes from a Juan Mata cross.

Martial had the chance to double United’s lead on 13 minutes after Mata’s layoff but his effort was too close to Al-Habsi.

In the 15th minute, United went 2-0 up thanks to Martial who raced into the area after a brilliant one-two with Rooney before slotting past Al-Habsi.

United were forced to an early change as Phil Jones replaced Rojo who went off injured.

United continued to ask all the questions and almost added a third on 27 minutes through Rashford who could only find the side net after rounding Al-Habsi.

In the closing stages in the first half, United continued to create the chances but failed to convert any.

United continued their dominance in the second half and went close through Michael Carrick on 53 minutes but his curler was beaten away by Al-Habsi.

The game was eventually put to bed by United who scored two quick goals through Rashford in the 75th and 78th minute to go 4-0 up.

Rashford raced on to a perfect pass from Carrick and shot past Al-Habsi to make it 3-0, before a costly mistake by Al-Habsi was punished by Rashford to grab his brace and United’s fourth goal.

With six minutes remaining, Rooney almost broke United’s goalscoring record but his goal bound shot was saved by Al-Habsi who also kept out Maroune Fellaini’s effort from the rebound.

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