Wayne Rooney goes level with Bobby Charlton as Manchester United's greatest ever goalscorer

Rooney scored against Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon

BY Cian Roche 13:15 Saturday 7 January 2017, 13:15 7 Jan 2017

Image: Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA Images

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's joint record goalscorer on Saturday afternoon after scoring his 249th goal for the club against Reading in the FA Cup.

The United captain climbs up alongside Bobby Charlton who has held the outright record since 1973. Rooney needed just seven minutes from Saturday's game at Old Trafford to achieve the feat and latched onto the end of Mata's cross to knee the ball home.

Wayne Rooney scores his 249th goal in Manchester United colours to make history at Old Trafford. Image: Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA Images

It has taken Rooney more than 12 years to hit the mark, after joining United back in 2004. The 31-year-old has scored four goals this season for United and has featured regularly under new boss, Jose Mourinho.

Charlton applauded from the stands as Rooney celebrated making history in from of a packed home crowd. He remains ahead of the likes of Denis Law, Jack Rowley, George Best and Ryan Giggs. 

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring United's first goal of the game against Reading this afternoon at Old Trafford. Image:  Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA Images

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