'This football club is a huge part of my life': Wayne Rooney "thankful" to make history in front of fans

The Manchester United captain scored his 249th goal in a red shirt and equalled Bobby Charlton's record as all time leading goalscorer

Manchester United, Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney remained humble despite today joining Bobby Charlton as Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer with 249 goals.

The Manchester United captain was on hand to knee the ball past a hapless Ali Al-Habsi during his side's 4-0 FA Cup rout at Old Trafford.

Speaking to eir Sport after the game, the 31-year-old agreed the goal helped cement him as one of the club's greatest players and reminisced on his time with the club. 

"I'm hugely honoured to be able to play for this football club, but to be up there in terms of goals with Sir Bobby it's a really proud moment for me," he said. "Hopefully I'll be up there on my own soon. I'll enjoy today because it's a real honour."

Asked whether he had dreamt of making it this far when he first joined the club he said: "No, of course you don't think that far ahead. I've been at this club for a long time and I'm enjoying my football and I'm thankful to score again. It's a huge part of my life this football club and I'm really honoured to be up their alongside Sir Bobby." 

He added: "You want to do records [sic] in front of your home fans. We've got two home games coming up so hopefully I can get the next one in one of those two games. I'm delighted for today. I think what's more important today is the result. There were a lot of changes and the lads who have come in have shown they are ready if needed."

He remains ahead of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Denis Law among others in the list of all-time goalscorers. 

Wayne Rooney fires past Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to score his side's first goal of the day and make history. Image: Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said: "It's amazing but I want one more goal. A very important one, a last minute goal. Something really important for us because he is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do that.

Obviously Sir Bobby Charlton is Sir Bobby Charlton, but to have Wayne as the top scorer in [the club's] history is something magnificent for him."